The old country

Sep 08, 2013 871

By Sol Park

It's not personal, it's strictly business. In one scene of a new novel by former Brooklyn resident Frank J. Pennisi, a group of Sicilians wielding flaming wine bottles full of gasoline have a confrontation with striking Irish workers on the Red Hook docks.

Giuseppe, one of the main characters in the historically-minded "Sciatu Mio," looks out at the chaos and thinks of World War I before quickly realizing that this isn't Europe; this is New York City in the 1930s.

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