Having only recently moved to the North East, I failed to understand the magic that the boardwalk of days gone by evoked for local neighbors and friends. After reading Greenstein's novel, I now share their nostalgia for the demise of the pre-casino era. Not simply because it has all become too commercial but because now I too, after reading this novel, feel attached to boardwalk as it once was. Such is the charm and literary power of the author's writing. The characters and the setting have come to life. I have savored the pretzels, I have watched the juggling and want my fortunes read again.
If the purpose of a novel is to transport us to place and time we’ve never experienced and turn the last page transformed by the experience, then Mr. Boardwalk has achieved this exceptionally well.