Brooklyn author to read from new NY-centric book
Brooklyn BookBeat: Cobble Hill Event Slated for Oct. 18
“The Sea Beach Line” (Fig Tree Books), by Brooklyn author Ben Nadler, melds mid-20th century pulp fiction and traditional Jewish folklore as it updates the classic story of a young man trying to find his place in the world. Nadler will appear in Brooklyn for a reading on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. at BookCourt in Cobble Hill (163 Court St.).
After being expelled from Oberlin for hallucinogenic drug use, Izzy Edel seeks out his estranged father — a Polish Jew-turned-Israeli soldier-turned-New York street vendor named Alojzy who is reported to be missing and possibly dead. To learn about Alojzy’s life and discover the truth behind his disappearance, Izzy takes over his father’s outdoor bookselling business and meets the hustlers, gangsters and members of a religious sect who peopled his father’s world. He also falls in love with a mysterious young woman who is living on the streets after running away from her Hasidic home.
As Izzy soon discovers, appearances can deceive; no one, not even his own father, is quite whom he seems to be. Vowing to prove himself equal to Alojzy’s legacy of fearlessness, Izzy plunges forward on a criminal enterprise that will bring him answers — at great personal cost.
From Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay to the streets surrounding New York University and the Upper East Side, “The Sea Beach Line” explores layers of New York City life and territory.
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