Excess Baggage by Gary Korn

By Gary Korn

Years in the past, “Leonard Park” was once a modest, middle-class, Jewish local. yet there should have been anything within the air or water, whatever in these darkish grey residence homes to spawn the likes of Robert and Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Penny Marshall and Rudy Brodtsky and Michael Levine.
Rudy and Mike who? they're the 2 protagonists of a coming of age novel set during this humorous, complicated, proud local.

Although the 2 boys have identified every one for years, Mike turns into Rudy’s svengali , while Brodtsky supplies up his liked basketball to stick with one other pursuit—girls. Their tacit contract is sort of uncomplicated: Mike will offer Rudy with a actual and emotional makeover; Rudy could be Mike’s religious follower, if no longer worshipper. Rudy is six ft, inches and 100 and seventy kilos; Mike is 5 ft, 4 inches (with heels on). but, Mike will get Rudy to think he's obese and needs to put on black sooner than his mentor will take him to “The Fence”.

Deep in the entrails of Leonard Park lies a paranormal, tradition-bound parcel of land identified via all who cross there as “The Fence”. We meet “Tush”,”Onion”, Lynn “Watermelons “ and Robin “Cantaloupes”, Rudy’s first woman good friend. Robin is in love with Rudy. Mike can’t tolerate Robin. Rudy chooses Mike for a myriad of fallacious reasons.

The so much charismatic “Fenceperson” is Bob Stampick, whose exploits are mythical. able to a thousand marine push-ups in a single set, famous for biting Larry “Arms” ear off in a struggle that happened lengthy prior to the area heard of Tyson, visible pulling a great Humor truck up Villa road utilizing purely his tooth, Stampick tales are epic. One tale that has now not enfolded is the golden gloves match Stampick enters to symbolize the neighborhood.

Stampick doesn’t appear too attracted to women, yet Rudy and Mike by no means lose their lust. Mike unearths Sue, Rudy reveals Liz, and either boys locate intercourse, love and pageant. Liz is like no lady Rudy or Mike has ever met, and he or she proves a problem to Rudy’s sexual stamina, emotional health and wellbeing and capability to undergo. Rudy has to navigate mental complexities he's neither able to dealing with or realizing. Mike treats Liz with the narcissism he consists of with him anyplace he goes.

Rudy and Mike’s courting is strained to its brink by means of Levine’s emotional and actual decompensation on the college of Wisconsin. Mike leaves college and returns to Leonard Park. Rudy sees a blonde, blue-eyed woman on his long ago from losing Mike off on the Greyhound terminal and smiles. Hopefully.

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