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Palisades Park

Alan Brennert

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey—especially for seven-year-old Antoinette, who horrifies her mother by insisting on the unladylike nickname Toni, and her brother, Jack. Toni helps her parents, Eddie and Adele Stopka, at the stand where they sell homemade French fries amid the roar of the Cyclone roller coaster. There is also the lure of the world’s biggest salt-water pool, complete with divers whose astonishing stunts inspire Toni, despite her mother's insistence that girls can't be high divers.But a family of dreamers doesn't always share the same dreams, and then the world intrudes: There's the Great Depression, and Pearl Harbor, which hits home in ways that will split the family apart; and perils like fire and race riots in the park. Both Eddie and Jack face the dangers of war, while Adele has ambitions of her own—and Toni is determined to take on a very different kind of danger in impossible feats as a high diver. Yet they are all drawn back to each other—and to Palisades Park—until the park closes forever in 1971.Evocative and moving, with the trademark brilliance at transforming historical events into irresistible fiction that made Alan Brennert’s Moloka'i and Honolulu into reading group favorites, Palisades Park takes us back to a time when life seemed simpler—except, of course, it wasn't.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark McCarthy

Length:

17h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

17:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

37:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

42:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

45:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

42:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

42:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

35:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

38:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

36:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

38:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

42:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

49:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

54:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

41:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

59:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

46:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

45:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

51:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

49:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

43:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

32:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:05:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:35