Growing up in the late 1940s and early ’50s in the idyllic, tree-lined Midwood’s Vanderveer Park Section in Brooklyn provided a wonderful foundation for author Martin McCormack, who went on to become a successful lawyer. Decades later find him recalling his boyhood and the neighborhood characters who shaped his early years, inspired to write those musings and some from his imagination in this new novel that provides insight into the time and place of his childhood.
Glenwood Road: Summer Stars features 10 colorful tales with equally colorful titles, such “Rainbreak,” “The Juke of Flatbush,” “The Nazarene Express,” “The Tasteless Generation,” and “Skippy Julian and the Pascal Moon.” In one story, a Catholic lawyer follows his heart to a rough climax after seeing dramatic visions at midnight, devoting himself to sharing the Good News. In another, a resident leaves his Brooklyn home and makes it big in Vegas but learns the art of murder. But life is not always good for everyone in Midwood’s Vanderveer Park, as one story describes the desperate act of a mother suffering from post-partum depression, another tells the terrors of moonlit German Bund meetings in an elegant Midwood garden, and another tells of a woman who has lost all hope. Eloquent language and vivid imagery drive these stories of the neighborhood’s unforgettable characters.