’70s cultures clash when a kid from the Bronx joins his wealthy preppy classmates from prestigious Westchester County.

Bronx River North
by John B. Dolgetta

Set at an upscale prep school in the Bronx, New York at the end of the sixties, Bronx River North is the story of the improbable, yet dynamic relationship of a blue-collar local kid and four well-heeled commuters from the suburbs just north of the city.  Johnny DiDomenico is one of a handful of Bronx kids who beats the odds and gets accepted to the prestigious Valdesian Academy of Saint Killian. The Westchester Boys befriend the Bronx native, and their high school adventure places their worlds on an emotional and ethical collision course.  Their interactions will parallel the social revolutions of their generation, replete with rebellion against the stoicism of the Valdesians, the conformist lives of their parents, and the moral demands of their religion.The interplay of disparate teenage lives becomes an expose’ on the divergence of wealth and privilege in an America clamoring for social changes.  The stark images of the working class neighborhood of the Bronx, just a few miles away, is a vivid contrast to the neat, orderly and stately lanes of Westchester County, and in particular the affluent village of Bronxdale. Intrigued by their differences, the boys will shuttle into each other’s worlds with hard lessons learned and innocence lost on the opposite side of the proverbial tracks.

ISBN 978-1-945146-33-6 • 6 x 9 . paperback • 430 pgs • $26.95

Reviews

“Wow, this book should be made into a movie. We all went through this phase of high school days when we were so innocent. It pretty much mirrors the real-life experience of growing up in the Bronx with a bunch of Italian and Irish boys. I was not Irish or Italian but I was accepted into the group and I am so thankful for being part of that cherished moment of our lives. . .  Boys from the “Prep” are a special bunch and it really defines who we are today.” —Paul Okura

About the author


John B. Dolgetta:

“My experiences include early years in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx, kept honest by tough nuns and an even tougher mother.  As a teen, we moved to Southern Italy to start a new life which ran out of steam after five years.  I traded baseball for soccer, graffiti for oils on canvas, comic books for Greek and Roman Mythology and ham and cheese on white bread for prosciutto panini.

I came back to the States a very changed young man, forced to jumpstart an almost forgotten lifestyle. It was 1969 and I was a fifteen-year-old being shaped by all the social upheaval of that period. I continued to live in the Bronx, attending Fordham Prep and Fordham University on the Rose Hill Campus, absorbing and doing battle with authoritarian, unyielding Jesuits.

I stayed with Fordham Graduate to complete my MA in American Government and Comparative Politics and went back to the Prep to teach Italian and Political Science.  I decided to stay in the teaching field, eventually landing in a suburban school district.

My passions have always been to travel, read as many books as I can, and to write.”

—John B. Dolgetta

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