The Fire Escape Stories, Volume I, is comprised of nine episodes that make up Mike Burns’s strongest childhood memories of living in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1950s.

Mike and his cousin, Salvatore “Sally-Boy” Boccanera are born one minute apart, in the same hospital, and it seems like they’ll never be more than a minute apart the rest of their lives.

Their experiences knocking around the city are challenging, funny, touching, and at times disturbing—all of the ingredients that define growing up.

Life lessons happen in the Italian bakery Sally-Boy’s father owns, where the boys loll and play, with ears and eyes wide open. But maybe the biggest lesson of all looms over Mike’s father, who’s determined to make drastic changes in pursuit of a better life.

Hanging in the balance, at the center of the boys’ tumultuous lives, is the fire escape. It’s a place that is uniquely theirs, and Mike best describes its spell, recalling how it reeks in the rain, blisters in the sun, and ices over in the snow. It’s where he and Sally-Boy talk and think and philosophize and plot and try to understand all they can about themselves and the world.
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A Captivatingly Sincere Piece”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Loretta C.

For the first eleven years of my life our family went to Brooklyn weekly to visit my Italian grandparents. On occasion my buddy/cousin would be there as well. Chuck Cascio’s first volume has brought back heartwarming memories of my childhood. I did not want it to end. I look forward to the future adventures in store for Michael the protagonist in this entertainment.

About the Author

Chuck Cascio is an award-winning journalist, educator, writer, and business leader. He is the author of three nonfiction books, and hundreds of his news stories, feature articles, and opinion pieces are published in a wide-range of periodicals. The Fire Escape Stories, Volume I, marks his new focus on writing fiction.

Cascio holds a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and business from Staten Island’s Wagner College and a master’s in communications from American University in Washington, DC, where he became an adjunct faculty member. Cascio, who also taught high school, has received recognition for his innovative approaches to teaching and served as vice president for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and later as vice president for the Educational Testing Service.

Cascio and his wife, Faye, an award-winning science educator, are dedicated gym rats living in Reston, Virginia.

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