Beginning on a hot summer night in an area of Brooklyn called Red Hook, this novel is a page-turner from the first few pages. June and Val, two teens looking for some adventure take a pink rubber raft out onto the dock-lined bay where the East River ends and the Atlantic begins putting into motion a series of mysteries. All the novel’s diverse set of characters, from a Lebanese bodega owner to a talented, ex-con graffiti artist are worth caring about as is the neighborhood they inhabit. Personal struggle, redemption, hope, change, and grief collide in this novel with such a strong sense of place. Read this while it is still warm and you will be transported to Red Hook.
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