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The Hester Street Kids by Armando Minutoli

The Hester Street Kids

by Armando Minutoli

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Gifted book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com, June 23, 2015
Theresa F
This review is from: The Hester Street Kids (Kindle Edition)
Katie (Katherine Burdino) is an Italian-American nurse in New York’s Little Italy . She meets Kevin Mandrell, a CIA agent and accomplished concert pianist with the Zurich Philharmonic, by chance, when Kevin finds himself wandering through the wrong neighborhood on the way to meet a CIA contact. Kevin is saved by a young boy, Billy, who has lost his parents. Billy takes Kevin to Katie’s home for safety. Katie and Kevin develop an instant attraction.

Katie and Kevin fall in love, but their romance is complicated by the mafia ties in Katie’s family. While growing up, Katie never knew that her father, an upstanding pharmacist, was behind so much illegal activity. However, after being taken into confidence by a concerned aunt, who grew up with her father, Katie comes to realize the unsettling depths of her father’s underworld connections, which began with his childhood on Hester Street (hence, the novel’s title -- The Hester Street Kids).

The Hester Street Kids is an enjoyable read about Italian American life in urban America in the 1950s. The author delves into the main characters’ culture and religion and how it has affected their everyday life. Some of the characters are enjoyable, others disgusting, some pitiable. The interactions among these various individuals makes for a great story filled with intrigue and suspense.

I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a fiction novel with historically accurate descriptions of the culture of Italian Americans in the United States in the mid-20th century.


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Excellent historical fiction, July 10, 2015
Christy K. Cagle
This review is from: The Hester Street Kids (Kindle Edition)
If you're looking for a book to read, you should definitely get this one! Armando Minutoli really knows how to keep his readers intrigued. I thoroughly enjoyed Hester Street Kids. It was also nice to read historical fiction that was very well researched. I look forward to reading more by this author. Go ahead and onemail click this book. You won't be sorry!

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"The feisty daughter of a Little Italy pharmacist learns of her father's secret prominence in the New York Mob. Her discovery unravels lies and treachery that stir her very existence and risk her search for love." Author Armando Minutoli's first work of fiction provides a backstory of the power of Sicilian Mob in 1950's New York: The Hester Street Kids (460 pp., tpb, $26.95 hard cover, $17.95 Softcover along with a $8.99 US for an EBook), a saga, one that talks to the plight of Italian American immigrants striving for a living in the new world under the thumbs of the mafia. Armando is the author of a non-fiction book about the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a small Bosnian village, titled: "Medjugorje, A Pilgrims Journey." with the forward by and collaboration with Author John Westermann, "Exit Wounds." The Second Edition was released in 2010. Also, the book is in the process of its Spanish language translation due for completion in late 2014. The Hester Street Kid's although written with an underlying message of moral choices, evokes a range of emotions through first hand encounters of Mobster gang life in the 50s, lust for territory and control, serial plotting and murder, the family code and secrets, sinful lust and love. Its richly portrayed environment and settings reveals a historic glimpse into the postwar time of the economic growth of the 50's. The author gives realistic encounters modeled after his own personal experiences as a youth growing up in New York in the intense 1950's economic upsurge.

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