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Posted by Ron DeBoer on Friday, November 10th 2017:

So enjoyed reading the posts on Manhattan Board, over the past three years, while I was writing The Freeze. The novel, set in Washington Heights and Inwood during Christmas 1962 is now available on Amazon books. The story, focuses on the Dunn family, and centers on twelve year old Kate. The daughter of Liam, a NYC cop, and Colleen a lampshade maker. An academically gifted, height challenged, introspective middle child between her fifteen year old brother Rory and the every pesky six year old Danny.
Described by editors as a historical novel. I guess it is, in that the events taking place in Kate's world did occur. I fully intended for the book to be historically correct. The Cloisters, the egg creams and candy stores. Broom stick bats and key tossing hop scotch hoppers. The churches. Incarnation, Saint Elizabeth and Holy Rood. The schools. Incarnation, SHM, and All Hallows in The Bronx.
I chose an Irish family, I grew up around the Irish, and before I became a soldier, I was a ditch digger and shared the trench with a cadre of ancient Hibernian laborers who told their tales with a gritty oral prose. I was fortunate to be their audience.
Editorial Review called The Freeze a poignant family story that was at the cusp of one of the most turbulent eras in our country's history. We leave Kate in 1963 and reunite with her in 2017, and then The Freeze begins to thaw.
I hope you will take a trip home this Christmas and visit with me at

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