Today I welcome Tom Starita to the blog to share his new release.
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Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a classic coming-of-age story
that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear— having to grow
up and abandon our dreams. For a charismatic man like Lucas James,
life is a breeze because everyone else provides the wind. This man-child
front man for a mediocre cover band has been mooching off of his
fiancée Jackie for years until she finally decides she's had enough.
Faced with the reality of having no income to support his carefree
lifestyle, Lucas James abandons his principles and gets a job working in
the stockroom at, “That Store.” How does he cope with this new found
sense of responsibility? He casually steals... In a life spent
bucking authority how will Lucas James deal with his manager, 'Victor
the Dictator'? How long can he survive Ralph, a starry-eyed coworker who
desires nothing more than to be best friends? Will Lori, a
twenty-something cashier, be like everyone else and fall for his charms?
Will he ever find a place to live? And is “growing up” just another way
of saying “selling out?” With this hilarious and engaging novel,
author Tom Starita perfectly captures a character we have all met and
perhaps some of us know all too well.
About the Author
Like Brooklyn, Starita’s resumé is diverse ranging from teaching
religion, Sales, working for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, and now
helping foreign exchange students find homes in America. “The common
thread among all my jobs is having personal experiences with a large
cross section of America. The rationale behind people’s decisions has
always fascinated me, and writing allows me to carry that to the most
Starita has made an impact on everyone he
encounters. When asked for her thoughts about him, Oprah Winfrey said,
"Who?" Tom Hanks refused to respond to an email asking for a quote and
former Mets great Mookie Wilson once waved to him from a passing taxi.
from Staten Island, NY Starita has now found a home in the beautiful
beach community of Stratford, Connecticut where he remains a loyal fan
of the New York Mets.