Nights at the Dream Cafe

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, 2011 - Fiction - 324 pages
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The Dream Cafe, a popular neighborhood restaurant, is a welcoming haven for all kinds of people. The owner feels that the cae's exceptional nighttime goings-on should be preserved, so he asks Tom Gibbs, a young writer, to be its official scribe. Spanning the calendar year before the United States' involvement in World War II, the novel is comprised of a series of chronological stories--narrated by Tom Gibbs--each describing events at the cafe on a single night.

John Mahoney, himself a young man during the time period evoked, brings vitality and veracity to the novel's mood and content. Anyone wishing to relive--or discover--the pre-WWII era will enjoy reading "Nights at the Dream Cafe."

 

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Contents

Place and Protagonist
1
Lets Be Famous
13
The Mystery of Rosa Catania
25
Do You Believe in Banshees?
34
Love with Your Mind
45
Deepest Wishes
55
The Saga of Adolphe Adele
62
April Lesson
76
The Tom White Enigma
168
By Candlelight
176
A Thorne and a Starr
184
A Party for Jake
193
Is That My Marian?
204
A Visit from Timmy
210
The Death of Vaudeville
219
Desperate Measures
229

Headed for Fresno
83
The Thomas Chatterton Literary Society
89
Stolen Lilacs
97
Barneys Surprise
103
Not Speak Aynglish
112
The Night Love Died
124
The Problem with Jill
138
A Legendary Silver Bass
147
Left Behind
156
The Offer of a Lifetime
236
Eddies Thanksgiving Announcement
245
On the Solstice a Writer Mourned
264
After Midnight Mass
271
A Surprising New Years Eve
278
Taking Stock Looking Ahead
285
About the Author
294
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A member of the “Greatest Generation,” John Mahoney was born in 1917, the year that the United States entered World War I. His childhood took place during the "Roaring Twenties," and his adolescence coincided with the Great Depression. While growing up, he became an amateur photographer, an avid reader, and a lover of music and nature. Just before the U.S. entered World War II, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After field artillery training on the West Coast, he was stationed in Queensland, Australia, where he found a home-away-from-home. From 1942 to 1945, John served in two campaigns, one on Biak Island in New Guinea, and one on the Zamboanga Peninsula of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. Upon his return from the service, the G.I. bill permitted John to enroll at the Catholic University of America, where he met his wife-to-be, graduate nurse Attracta O'Connor, whom he married in 1949. The two were married for fifty years, until Attracta's death in 1999. They had three daughters, whom John supported by working as an editor and writer. John lives in Illinois, and has three grandchildren. He is a long-time member of the Downers Grove Writers' Workshop and the Illinois State Poetry Society. He has published numerous articles, stories, and reviews, as well as a chapbook of poetry, "Lost Garden." AUTHOR HOME: Westmont, IL

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