Mark Chiusano reads from Marine Park: Stories (Penguin Books, 2014)

Marine Park—in the far reaches of Brooklyn, virtually train-less and tourist-free—finds its literary chronicler in Mark Chiusano. Chiusano’s stories delve into family, boyhood, sports, drugs, love, and all the quirks of growing up in a tight-knit community on the edge of the city. In the tradition of Junot Díaz’s Drown, Stuart Dybek’s The Coast of Chicago, and Russell Banks’s Trailerpark, this is a poignant and piercing collectionannouncing the arrival of a distinct new voice in American fiction.

Filled with life stories we can all relate to. . . . [Chiusano] makes it seem like you’re hearing these stories from an old friend at a bar, venting about his life, his regrets and his lost dreams, over a couple of drinks.—The Boston Herald