Sentiments of Blue – A Trip Down Memory Lane – Book Review and Excerpt

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About Sentiments of Blue

Set in a Michigan factory, the title story takes readers inside a workplace dominated by a ruthless bully and his cronies. While explaining the actions taking place around him, it becomes clear that the narrator yearns to escape the blue-collar life handed down to him from his father. “Perfect Game” unfolds during a minor league baseball game with Chi-Chi Gomez on the mound, a fearless pitcher who never fails to brush a few batters back from the plate–a space he considers his personal property. Along with other stories, the book also features original poems including “Uncle Nardo’s Store,” “My Father’s Foot,” and “The Malediction of Miss Holstein.”

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My Review

Sentiments of Blue is a fun look at the all American family. The author writes Sentiments about his family, but it feels like he could be talking about anyone’s family in this generation of pre and post World War II in America. It becomes even more believable because his characters do not possess names. Maccagnone refers to them as mother and father, thereby making them everyone’s mother and father. In the excerpt below The Careers of My Mother, lists all the different hats his mother has worn in her lifetime as mother and wife. I don’t think that I could list all the hats my mother has worn as elegantly as Maccagnone, but yet I see my mother in each one of those roles, even today, as she nurses my father back to health after his many surgeries that seem to accompany the retirement years.

Sentiments of Blue is for everyone that comes from family. Maccagnone poems and stories are timeless. They bring to the surface long forgotten memories of a simpler time and place; when parents commanded respect and the separation of careers between mom and dad were clearly divided. I enjoyed reading each part of the book and looked forward to the next part, wanting to take a sneak peek before I got there. It was a pleasure to take a trip down memory lane.


Read an Excerpt!

The Careers of My Mother

When I was a boy
she was a secretary.
Her nights were filled
with filing groceries,
taking phone calls,
posting notes
around his office
to remind him of things
he always forgot.

Then, when I turned fourteen,
My mother earned her law degree.
As a defense counselor,
she became a dazzling chief litigator,
furious with her polished tongue,
bullying us with verbal assaults,
clearing his name with brilliant oration
while drilling her steely finger into my chest
with every point she made!

Today, she’s a nurse.
From the den I watch her
slowly lean over to turn him,
stroke his hair, cut the drool that sways,
from the corner of his mouth,
kiss his hand that trembles
between the tubes that feed him.

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About Garasamo Maccagnone

Garasamo Maccagnone is a writer and entrepreneur. The founder of a successful airfreight business, Maccagnone now focuses on his literary career. He is the author of the novel St. John of the Midfield, the novella, For the Love of St. Nick, a collection of short stories entitled, My Dog Tim and Other Stories, and a children’s book titled, The Suburban Dragon. Sentiments of Blue is his latest short story collection. Maccagnone currently lives in Shelby Township where he is working on his second novel, The Sorrows of Pebble Creek.

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