Lawn Darts & Lemonade by Steven Manchester
Tackling the ‘80s
Luna Bella Press (March 8, 2022)
Family Life Fiction
From New England’s Storyteller, Steven Manchester, comes the nostalgia-filled sequel to Bread Bags & Bullies; a novel about growing up in a whacky family during the 1980s. Boom boxes, leg warmers and Rubik’s Cubes—it’s all there. A hysterical walk down memory lane!
“Steven Manchester’s Lawn Darts & Lemonade is so much fun, filled with laughter, tears, and Big Hair.” – Taylor Dayne, ’80s Recording Artist, Love Will Lead You Back
It’s the summer of 1984, a season of dodging lawn darts and chugging lemonade—or at least the discolored tap water Ma tried to disguise as lemonade.
Growing up is never easy, no matter what era you do it in. For generations, teenagers have suffered peer pressure, bullying, fear of rejection, and a sadistic obstacle course of one unexpected challenge after the next. Three brothers, Wally, Herbie, and Cockroach, learn that the past can be filled with questions—even shame and regret—while the future might be shrouded in worry and fear. But staying in the moment, now that’s where the sweet spot is.
A very charming read packed with nostalgia
Steven Manchester is an incredible storyteller. In his latest release, Lawn Darts & Lemonade, brothers Wally, Herbie, and Cockroach prepare to lay their father to rest. Told in the voice of Herbie, we are taken back to the summer of ’84 as the brothers experience life lessons and the importance of family. Woven into the storyline are so many classic 80’s nostalgia that had me yearning for those simple days of the 80’s. Lawn Darts and Lemonade is a sequel to Bread Bags & Bullets (set in the Winter of 1984).
Steve takes me down memory lane with so many references of my youth from the Columbia Record & Tape Club, walkmans, the Iowa School Tests w/No.2 pencils, Atari 2600, video stores to rent movies, parachute pants, hair scrunchies, Glamour Shots store, Kinney Shoe store, Love’s Baby Soft perfume, S&H Green Stamps, and to using brown paper bags for school book covers. So many more references that had me smiling and remembering. A very charming read packed with nostalgia. Steven Manchester is an auto buy author for me. He’s just an outstanding writer.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (February 11, 2022)
ARC provided by author & I bought a copy 😊
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island; the national bestsellers, Ashes, The Changing Season and Three Shoeboxes; and the multi-award winning novels, Goodnight Brian and The Thursday Night Club. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a multi-produced playwright, as well as the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 2018 New York Book Festival. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.
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