Marine Park—in the far reaches of Brooklyn, train-less and tourist-free—finds its literary chronicler in Mark Chiusano. Chiusano’s dazzling stories delve into family, boyhood, sports, drugs, love, and all the weird quirks of growing up in a tight-knit community on the edge of the city.
Chiusano’s style makes this collection stimulating. His style is clean, simple with a sharp and precise edge. The content is sparse but vivid, writing style is nonconforming adding an uncommon feel to the stories and characters.
His collection describes a neighborhood, families, friends, relationship with sibling along with familial dynamics causing the reader to flashback to their own past and present. A rather average endeavor but you are left with a sense of extraordinary, his simplicity is attractive creating a certain complexity as a whole.
Enjoyable collection of interconnected short stories, looking forward to future works from Chiusano.