A lifetime of dreams are packed into a container and shipped to paradise on a Caribbean island; but for a writer and immigrant from post-WWII Europe, the past is hard to forget and impossible to leave behind. This emotional journey interweaves the adventures and tragedies of his childhood in America’s 50s and 60s with the experiences of early retirement in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It begins aboard the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner in 1956, crossing the Atlantic and arriving in New York Harbor, then traveling by train to the paper-thin suburbs of Tarzana, California.
Peddling as fast as he can to keep up with the neighborhood kids and culture of Boomer America, the child struggles against his father’s alcoholism and growing violence, searching for a way to belong in a world where the tanned, carefree girls from the affluent foothills are always just out reach in the rock ‘n roll moonlight of adolescence. Told from three points of view, the multiple journeys of the child, teenager, and adult enrich one another, erasing the demarcations of past and present.
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Title of the book: Passage From England: A Memoir
Author: Frank Zajaczkowski