1950s Brooklyn. Cousins Mike Burns and Salvatore (Sally-Boy) Boccanera are born one-minute apart in the same hospital. They share their early lives together, and, at first, their circumstances seem similar. However, as the boys grow, subtle differences emerge. The Fire Escape Stories,Volume I, tells nine coming-of-age episodessometimes humorous, other times disturbing, often touchingin the shared lives of the "twin" cousins. The young boys discover Brooklyn together, confront new challenges, and face situations that gradually shape the directions in which their lives are headed. A fire escape becomes their shared space, the place where they go to grapple with their experiences. As narrator Mike Burns describes it: "That rusty iron structure reeked in the rain, blistered in the sun, and iced over in the snow, but it was where Sally-Boy and I talked and thought and grew and philosophized and plotted and tried to understand all we could of ourselves, of one another, of our worlds, of the world."
        The Fire Escape Stories, Volume 1, immerses readers in the subtle impact events can have on the young, how the boys care for one another, what they do and do not understand... and the reason everyone might need a fire escape.

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Where does a fire escape lead? Can it really save lives? Is it, in fact, a way out of danger? These questions are at the heart of the 17 episodes in The Fire Escape Stories, Volume II, a collection that builds upon the nine tales in The Fire Escape Stories, Volume I (click here).

In Volume II, it is the early 1960s. The fire escape in Brooklyn has always been there for twin cousins Sally-Boy Boccanera and Mike Burns. It is where they share beers, swap stories, take girls, and confront one another. And it remains a sanctuary-in-waiting as the boys grow. But as their lives change, can the fire escape provide all the safety and answers they need?

Slowly, the boys see distinctly different worlds emerging. Sometimes together, and at other times on their own, they confront the emotional confusion of adolescence and grapple with their choices, decisions, and directions. Other people enter the boys’ lives, impacting their closeness to one another and offering new paths for them to consider… for better or for worse.

Along the way, the boys experience laughter, sorrow, and change… and each realizes he must make a life-altering decision:

Does he take the first escape? Or does he choose a different route?

The Fire Escape Stories, Volume II, is available as an ebook for $2.99 and in paperback for $7.00!


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