Park Avenue to Park Bench, by Michael Domino ISBN 9781496101075
Five out of five stars
Most of the entries in this collection of short stories are based on a simple event on the island of Manhattan. The events are as simple as where to find a juicy and tasty sandwich to the consequences of engaging a person you meet in a basic conversation. The narrator is male and a chance conversation with a female jogger leads to an interest in reading the classic novel “Don Quixote.” When sharing a bench with another man, the narrator learns an amazing riches to rags story and takes an interest in the man’s life. Another story involves tagging along with a private investigator and one is based on the hiring of ex-convicts convicted of murder for dangerous jobs.
All of the stories are very well told and give the reader a glimpse into the dynamic undercurrent of New York City. It is a place where interesting people are everywhere, even the shabby person that is sitting next to you may have a story worthy of appearing in a book. The stories may be fiction, but like the best fiction, they sound real.