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It is August 1990. Recent high school grads James and Stacey share some history—a spontaneous one-night fling—a night that continues to haunt their friendship. The two still have feelings for each other. But neither can talk about this event. This all changes when they embark on a trip to New York City’s CBGB with their friends to celebrate James’s last weekend before leaving for college in California.
Tom Connelly grew up in New York's Hudson Valley and played drums in several hardcore and thrash bands in the early 1990s, and is one of the founders of All Out War. The Postcard is his first novel. He has a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Film and Media studies from Claremont Graduate University. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife Katie and dog Bea.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
M. Y. Olivier
Good teen story23 July 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
This book was good. I enjoyed the events that the main character uses to set the scene and mood about the days before leaving a small town for college. He uses realistic language for teenagers which was not to my liking, but would probably not offend a different younger reader. There were many errors that should have been edited, but it didn't detract from the storyline.
Memories19 April 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Although told from a boy's perspective, and I didn't/don't smoke, it brought back great memories of growing up in a small town in the 80's.
Great storytelling18 December 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book. It brings back memories and good times in the old neighborhood. Great job Tom! Looking forward to your next project.
A wonderful read8 June 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Primarily set in the Hudson Valley against the backdrop of the suburban metal scene, The Postcard is a wonderfully written, bittersweet coming-of-age story. It draws you back into that brief time of youthful existence when baseball cards, music, and hanging out with friends were paramount. Though lighthearted at times, there is a genuine wistfulness to the writing and a sense of nostalgia that clings to every sentence. Connelly’s word choice is so pitch-perfect, I didn’t feel like I was being given a glimpse of the main character’s life; I was immersed in it. The Postcard is a solid debut novel. Looking forward to seeing what this author does next.
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The best Richard Linklater film never made...22 March 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
A great read. "The Postcard" evokes the feel and simple, sometimes intangible pleasures of coming of age in suburbia - a few miles yet a world apart from "The City". Connelly manages to nail a time when the mundane can seem disproportionately important and the bigger picture of life is yet to come into focus. A time when friendly arguments with buddies about metal, movies and baseball where the all-encompassing world. Think Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" or even "Slacker" meets a Nick Hornby novel. Great stuff from a clearly very talented writer.
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