John Finucane Books

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Review Posted on Amazon said:   October 19, 2013 12:57 pm PST
John Finucane’s Tomorrow, Mickey, Tomorrow takes the romance of childhood sweethearts living in a Bronx ghetto and tempers it with the heartache that comes with living in an imperfect world. He is not shy in showing the effects it has on the couple, Mickey and Lucy. It leaves the fairy tale behind, grounding the story solidly in the heart of the Bronx during the turbulent years of the 50s and 60s. He writes of the reality of the time, having experienced it firsthand as a firefighter and journalist and as someone who has lived and worked in the ghettos of the Bronx for many years. Interwoven in Mickey and Lucy’s romance are the tough twists of life that exist in an area known for drugs, gangs, and racial tension. It is flavored with the smoke of the Bronx being burned to ashes by arsonists who cared less about the people who lived there. Yet, like a phoenix that rises from the ashes, he shows that faith and love can survive, even in the most adverse conditions. Tomorrow, Mickey, Tomorrow is a testament of hope. It shows that a person's life does not dictate who they are meant to be. It reaffirms that determined love can overcome the seemingly hopeless situation of addiction. Faith, itself, is woven into a person's soul. Each message is powerful and stands firm in this story of love. John Finucane is known for his ability to work romance through chaos and strife. His other works When the Bronx Burned and The Usual reflect his unique writing style. He does not disappoint with his new story Tomorrow, Mickey, Tomorrow. His insightful respect of the “human condition” is reflected in the characters who tug at the hearts of all who read his books. Their lives are not made of sugar-coated plainness, but of the imperfections that makes love worthwhile. Readers will, no doubt, be left eager for the next release from this author.

Review Posted on said:   October 19, 2013 12:53 pm PST
This book has a lot to offer readers: an accurate depiction of life in the Bronx ghettos during the turbulent decades of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, a not so nice picture of evolving ethnic relations at the time, an unusual but compelling love story, and for firefighting buffs, some exciting firefighting scenes. This is a story of childhood friends who dream of someday marrying and living happily ever after. Mickey and Lucy come from different backgrounds, different cultures, and different families. Mickey's Irish upbringing in a close-knit, loving family that encourages his dream of becoming a firefighter is far different from Lucy’s upbringing. His friends form a positive support group that helps him to stay on the straight and narrow. Lucy, who was born in Puerto Rico, is a child who has lost all hope of a childhood—she was forced to become the adult at an early age to take care of her junkie mother and to tolerate the violence of her mean, drunk of a father. Mickey’s love allows her to dream that there can be a better life for her. Finucane’s characters are subject to the sometimes harsh realities in life. Lucy’s determination to leave her past behind gives way to the pressures of life and the false solace found in heroin. Mickey stays with her, encouraging her to break the cruel cycle of addiction, listening to her promise that she will quit “tomorrow”. Mickey, at a loss for what to do, joins the Army, hoping that will convince her to choose him over heroin. Instead, the loss of Mickey sends Lucy spiraling deeper into her addiction as her dream of a life with Mickey disappears. Tomorrow, Mickey, Tomorrow sends the reader on a roller coaster ride as they follow the romance through the chaos of the Bronx. Does the childhood love rekindle? Be prepared to experience the heartache and test of faith as Mickey and Lucy struggle, hoping to find their way back to the dreams they once shared.

Review Posted on Amazon said:   October 19, 2013 12:51 pm PST
Finucane's story is about life, portrayed with realism and set during a bitter time in the history of the Bronx. The 1950s and 60s was a time of growing racial tension in the ghetto areas the lines between colors and cultures were beginning to blur, and it challenged the status quo and traditionalists. Interracial couples were still viewed with suspicion and looked down upon. Mickey Murphy and Lucy Mercado, the main characters in Tomorrow, Mickey, Tomorrow, grow up facing the disapproval of their families and friends because they choose love over race. They dare to dream about getting married and having a family. The Bronx was a melting pot of immigrants. The neighborhood in which Mickey and Lucy grew up reflected the diversity of cultures in that area of New York. Lucy was Puerto Rican, and Mickey was Irish. Not many of his neighbors could understand why Mickey would prefer a Puerto Rican girlfriend over one of his own kind. It was the age-old adage of birds of a feather flock together. The sincere belief that races should not mix caused strife with Mickey's mother. But that wasn't her only reason for objecting to Lucy. Love is never simple. Finucane's works are known for romance that is intertwined with chaos. In Tomorrow, Mickey, Tomorrow, Mickey and Lucy's romance is rife with chaos that impacts their lives in major ways. Lucy has grown up with a mother who is addicted to drugs and a father who is an abusive alcoholic. She watches as her mother works as a prostitute, using her earnings to buy drugs and provide for the family. Lucy hangs on to Mickey's love as a tangible reminder that she doesn't have to live like her mother did. All Mickey sees is his Little Angel, the girl who is everything he has ever really wanted.

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