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The Neighborhood Gang

A Tale of Fifteen Friendships from the Seventies, a Decade of  Change.

Taking off our shoes, we stepped onto the sands of our once-upon-a-time. 

~ trace

The Neighborhood Gang is a tale of fifteen friends growing up together in the seventies in a small, coastal, blue-collar town in Massachusetts called Weymouth. There were no movie stars in this gang or slick, funny scripts for day-to-day life in the neighborhood. However, there was friendship, drinking, drugs, music, and love. In short, it’s the true story of a group of kids who chose a unique brand of friendship.​ 

And so, our story begins…

~ trace

On Sale June 2024
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Fifty-plus years ago, I was thirteen and a little unsteady as the seventies approached. With my friends Joe and Jim, I left the sanctuary of childhood, the sixties, and Frank Rd. and started the long journey into the seventies and young adulthood. Drugs, booze, music, sweet music, and girls were just over the horizon.

Thought I would share a letter from my editor on The Neighbrhood Gang my latest book due out in the next few weeks.

Hello, Lee, These two latest essays make fine additions to the book, once again covering a broad emotional palette. Touching scenes such as you and Tina shot gunning smoke on the beach are combined with more humorous moments (the scene in the Chinese restaurant is a real doozy that made me laugh out loud!). You also delve into some more serious topics, such as the fact that not all of the people in the neighborhood survived the seventies (and others passed in later years).


Together, these moments and scenes paint a complex yet engaging picture of teenage life in Weymouth in the seventies.

Finally, I want to say that I LOVE your cover. The image is a real eye-catcher, and the back blurb does a great job of selling the book. Nice work on that! As always, it's a real pleasure to work on your writing. ~ Jefferson

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