The Bookie's Son

"Goldstein's powerful debut follows the retrospective misadventures of 12-year-old Ricky Davis, the 'thin anemic' son of Pearl, an aging Bronx beauty who once dreamed of silver screen stardom, and Harry, a garment worker with a pernicious gambling habit. When Harry falls in debt with mobster Nathan Glucksman, he is conscripted as a goon with Ricky in tow...When Harry goes into hiding, Ricky assumes the role of full-time bookie, hoping to save his family."

"Whip-smart, atmospheric and funny, Andrew Goldstein's The Bookie's Son will transport and endear you with its tale of a young hustler on the move to save his family."
~Jenna Blum, author of The New York Times & international bestsellers Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers