Saturday, March 30, 2019

My Coney Island Baby; Billy O'Callaghan

AUTHOR:  Billy O'Callaghan
PUB. YEAR: 2019
SETTING:  New York
FORMAT:  -  review copy ( 241 pp)
RATING: 3.5/5

For nearly 25 years Michael and Caitlin, now in their mid 40s, have been lovers.  The two are each married but, once a month, on a Tuesday, they escape the emptiness within their marriages and, continue to carry on an intense affair at a little motel on Coney Island.  On this particular Tuesday, something is different as each is faced with a difficult situation that could mean the end of their days together.

The is a quiet novel, fairly short and plays out over the course of one day. The story reveals a lifetime of pain and regrets.  The writing is beautiful, I found myself rereading more than a few passages, at times it was tender and sad.  I liked that the reader got the perspective of both Michael and Caitlin and insight into their marriages.  I liked this book and was glad I read it but,  I thought I'd love it and I just didn't.  


  1. Thanks for your review in any case.

  2. Short and sad isn't always a winner.

  3. From the blurb I would think it would be a very good book. Sorry it wasn't as good as you would have liked.

  4. The premise reminds me of the old film The Way We Were (is that right? The one where they meet once a year for an affair).

    1. I think you're thinking of Same Time Next Year with Alan Alda. I remember loving that movie when it first came out.

    2. Yes, I think Les has the title you were thinking of.

    3. Les has the title you were thinking of. Same Time Next Year.

  5. This sounded an interesting book, it's a shame that it didn't turn out as good as it promised. Great review nonetheless.

  6. The description of this book is so appealing and I would expect to love it, too. Sorry that didn't turn out to be the case for you.


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