Memoir Recalls Gay Life in Newark, NJ

FLANDERS, N.J. (PRWEB) August 25, 2012

When Dan Russos cousin told him about the scene in downtown Newark, N.J., a door to a secret world opened a world that revolved around homosexuality, new experiences and sexual freedom.

His memoir Downtown (published by iUniverse) offers a profoundly honest, chronological portrayal of one mans coming-of-age journey through both the bright and dark sides of life as he eventually discovers his own way to bring good to a troubled world.

Russo begins his memoir in the early 60s, in a time when the Waldorf Cafeteria was a bohemian hangout for such artsy characters as Mad Alice who was always in semi-drag, Miss Coppertone who dyed his hair red and spoke with a lisp, and Mafia Bob who was gifted with a raspy voice and wore a tiny hat. As Russo continues with a revealing look into his childhood when his bi-curiosity began, he introspectively shares what it is like to be sexually confused, hide the secret of your true identity from everyone, and then suspect that some might know anyway.

Reminiscent of Reinaldo Arenas Before Night Falls, Downtown presents a powerful look at one mans odyssey towards self-realization in a time of social change.

Downtown is available in hardback, paperback and e-book.

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