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Julius James DeAngelus has written several short stories that range from horror to romance and he is the author of "The Lion Tamer", a crime novella. "Dancing on Seaside" is his first novel. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, son, daughter, and four... yes four... cats.
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Dancing on Seaside
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5 Stars!      "If you have ever spent time at the beach, shared a summer with a best friend, discovered your first love, then this is a must-read for you. Whatever your age and gender, this is a story that will make you cry, laugh, smile, remember and just enjoy. Dancing on Seaside is a wonderful story!" - Reader's Favorite


Atlantic City, 1977. When Hope Shepherd receives a letter with a sealed message from her dead brother, it unearths painful memories of the fierce argument they had just before he was killed. Before she could say she was sorry. Will these words from the past offer redemption or rip open wounds that have taken years to scar over? To her 13-year-old son, Jamie, summer in Atlantic City is paradise: his best friend, streetwise Nicky Martre, lives at one end of Seaside Avenue, with the beach and boardwalk at the other end. The only problem? Seth, the rich kid in the neighborhood, who together with his friends, tries to make Jamie and Nicky's summer a living hell. This year it seems like they're on a collision course. By the time the summer ends, both Hope and Jamie will realize they have much more in common than they ever imagined. Dancing on Seaside is a journey about friendships, growing up, and learning to let go.

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Dancing on Seaside is a novel set in Atlantic City during the summer of 1977, the last summer before legalized gambling. The story revolves around characters whose lives will be forever changed: friends who may be spending their last summer together, siblings who are finally facing regrettable decisions they made decades ago and first loves that may never be realized. Atlantic City is no longer the "Lady by the Sea" as it used to be called. By 1977, it is a town that is on it's knees with crime, poverty and desperation - and many people who had called this place home are now leaving. Neighborhoods are crumbling...but for some, some that remember the good times, it still has some magic left in it.
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Overview


5 Stars!      "If you have ever spent time at the beach, shared a summer with a best friend, discovered your first love, then this is a must-read for you. Whatever your age and gender, this is a story that will make you cry, laugh, smile, remember and just enjoy. Dancing on Seaside is a wonderful story!" - Reader's Favorite


Atlantic City, 1977. When Hope Shepherd receives a letter with a sealed message from her dead brother, it unearths painful memories of the fierce argument they had just before he was killed. Before she could say she was sorry. Will these words from the past offer redemption or rip open wounds that have taken years to scar over? To her 13-year-old son, Jamie, summer in Atlantic City is paradise: his best friend, streetwise Nicky Martre, lives at one end of Seaside Avenue, with the beach and boardwalk at the other end. The only problem? Seth, the rich kid in the neighborhood, who together with his friends, tries to make Jamie and Nicky's summer a living hell. This year it seems like they're on a collision course. By the time the summer ends, both Hope and Jamie will realize they have much more in common than they ever imagined. Dancing on Seaside is a journey about friendships, growing up, and learning to let go.

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Description


Dancing on Seaside is a novel set in Atlantic City during the summer of 1977, the last summer before legalized gambling. The story revolves around characters whose lives will be forever changed: friends who may be spending their last summer together, siblings who are finally facing regrettable decisions they made decades ago and first loves that may never be realized. Atlantic City is no longer the "Lady by the Sea" as it used to be called. By 1977, it is a town that is on it's knees with crime, poverty and desperation - and many people who had called this place home are now leaving. Neighborhoods are crumbling...but for some, some that remember the good times, it still has some magic left in it.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Literary

Language:English

Pages:346

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781543981773

Paperback ISBN:9781543981766


Overview


5 Stars!      "If you have ever spent time at the beach, shared a summer with a best friend, discovered your first love, then this is a must-read for you. Whatever your age and gender, this is a story that will make you cry, laugh, smile, remember and just enjoy. Dancing on Seaside is a wonderful story!" - Reader's Favorite


Atlantic City, 1977. When Hope Shepherd receives a letter with a sealed message from her dead brother, it unearths painful memories of the fierce argument they had just before he was killed. Before she could say she was sorry. Will these words from the past offer redemption or rip open wounds that have taken years to scar over? To her 13-year-old son, Jamie, summer in Atlantic City is paradise: his best friend, streetwise Nicky Martre, lives at one end of Seaside Avenue, with the beach and boardwalk at the other end. The only problem? Seth, the rich kid in the neighborhood, who together with his friends, tries to make Jamie and Nicky's summer a living hell. This year it seems like they're on a collision course. By the time the summer ends, both Hope and Jamie will realize they have much more in common than they ever imagined. Dancing on Seaside is a journey about friendships, growing up, and learning to let go.

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Description


Dancing on Seaside is a novel set in Atlantic City during the summer of 1977, the last summer before legalized gambling. The story revolves around characters whose lives will be forever changed: friends who may be spending their last summer together, siblings who are finally facing regrettable decisions they made decades ago and first loves that may never be realized. Atlantic City is no longer the "Lady by the Sea" as it used to be called. By 1977, it is a town that is on it's knees with crime, poverty and desperation - and many people who had called this place home are now leaving. Neighborhoods are crumbling...but for some, some that remember the good times, it still has some magic left in it.

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About the author


Julius James DeAngelus has written several short stories that range from horror to romance and he is the author of "The Lion Tamer", a crime novella. "Dancing on Seaside" is his first novel. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, son, daughter, and four... yes four... cats.

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joseph
Relived my childhood In so many ways “Dancing on Seaside” is a story about my life growing up in Atlantic City for the summers with my grandparents. I felt the crush of the casinos, changing of friends and separations and deaths of the family. Truly a haunting beautiful visualization of my life as well. Kids today truly don’t know what the “shore” used to be. A fantastic read of tears and happiness! Read more
Tom
A Haunting, Sweet Elegy "Dancing on Seaside" is a setting-sun-on-cracked-sidewalks memory poem about a boy on the verge of manhood finding out truths about his family, his friends, and his place in the world, with a parallel story about a woman looking back on her earlier life and dealing with painful memories. It's a tale that's alternately filled with hope for the future and regret for the past. A smart, sensitive writer with a gift for description and a gentle, lulling prose style, Julius James DeAngelus has written a haunting, sweet elegy for a fading time in a fading town, with a sprawling cast of family and friends struggling with change, wondering about the future, and inextricably wedded to the past. I didn't want to say goodbye to these people and I couldn't stop thinking about them long after I finished the book. Read more
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