Hello everyone! Today I am very excited to participate as a host for Anthony by Harold J. Fischel! (Premier Virtual Author Booktour).
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Life has never been easy for Anthony, the secret love child of a well-known US general and his beautiful mistress. After his father perishes in a plane crash, his cancer-stricken mother, Yuni, is forced to move with him to a tiny New York City apartment. And to make matters worse, he’s flagged as an easy target for neighborhood bullies, who constantly terrorize him inside and outside of school.
But after a brutal attack prompts him to fight back in a fit of rage, things start to turn around for the young boy. He shows promise joining the swim and wrestling teams in school, and begins to grow into the tall and physically fit body he inherited from his father.
Just when Anthony’s situation seems to be getting better, however, tragedy strikes his life yet again. In order to put the pieces back together, he turns to some of the strong female figures in his life. But it’s the one girl whom he least expects who may have the power to heal him—shedding his image as the illegitimate son through the magic of love and helping him leave his tragic childhood behind.
Praise for Anthony by Harold J. Fischel:
“It’s not often that I find a book that truly moves me, but Anthony may have just been it. Anthony is so real…such a realistic and poignant character. He is bitter, confused, sad, angry, and while his experience is not necessarily the norm of a typical young adult, you can easily relate to him. What a transformation. Anthony goes from a scared and weak child to a fierce, understanding, and competent young man. Fischel writes with skill and craftsmanship that is a joy to read. I would read anything else he has to offer in a heartbeat.”- Katelyn Hensel, Readers’ Favorite
“The young boy, Anthony, captures your heart in the first few chapters, and you will want to continue with him through his happy, frightening, joyful, daunting journey toward manhood. A good read from start to finish.” J. Herrick, Amazon Reviewer
“New Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction’s coming of age story, Anthony, is inspiring and heartwarming. Fischel’s writing style is accomplished and smooth, and I quickly became immersed in this athletic and ethical story of triumph over adversity. Anthony is a marvelous book and is highly recommended reading.”- Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite
“Loved the story line, could not put it down. Although it is listed as a novel, it is sad to think this is reality for some kids.”- Donna Connely, Amazon Reviewer
“Anthony by Harold J. Fischel is a wonderful coming of age novel. I loved the story of Anthony,… I welcomed all the surprises and I loved all the characters. Anthony was resilient and strong, even when he was still a kid. Everything he experienced growing up only made him stronger, some of the things that happened to him even made me cry. All the supporting characters also played big roles in Anthony’s success. Overall, a good book with great characters.”- Lorena Sanqui, Readers’ Favorite
Harold J. Fischel, a graduate of Washington & Lee University and the NYU School of Law, has lived and worked on four different continents. His family fled the Netherlands shortly after the Nazi invasion, moving to Curacao and Aruba before settling in the United States in 1952.
After law school, Fischel served the US Army in Germany, later retiring as a captain. Since then, he again lived in the Netherlands, before returning to the United States to work for the US subsidiary of a Chinese company.
Fischel is now retired and living in Michigan with his wife, Jan, and their beloved Labrador retriever. He has two daughters, five wonderful grandchildren, and two great sons-in-law. Since retiring, he has published two novels and is working on a third.
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“Anthony, come in here and help me close this suitcase. Hurry, the movers will be here any minute.”
Anthony got up slowly. “All right, already, I’m coming!” He had been lying on the floor in the hallway clutching Zorbo, his shaggy-haired mutt. He got up slowly and went into his mother’s bedroom, where she was trying to pack the last of her clothes into a big suitcase lying next to her wheelchair.
“Help me get those sweaters from the top shelf and put them here in the suitcase.” Anthony had to stand on his toes to reach the sweaters. Careful not to unfold them, he placed them in the suitcase and turned to his mother.
“Why can’t I take Zorbo with us?”
“Anthony, we have been over this many times before. The Housing Authority on Third Avenue won’t allow dogs.”
“But, Mom, I can’t leave him! I won’t! I have had him since he was a puppy. Dad gave him to me just before he died.”
“I know, baby, I love Zorbo too, but don’t make things more difficult for me, please. We are not allowed to bring him to our new apartment. I tried, but they just won’t allow dogs. I did the best I could by arranging for the Sanders next door to take him. He knows them, and your friend Timmy will take good care of him.”
Anthony burst out crying, and Zorbo ran into the room, wondering what had happened to his young boss. With tears streaming down his face, Anthony tried to explain to his mother. “Timmy told me they’ll put him down. They told Timmy it’s a shame; Zorbo is a very nice dog, but they already have Ricky, their golden retriever, and Willow, the cat. They can’t have another dog in the apartment.” Anthony was desperate. “Mom, you can’t let them kill Zorbo. Please don’t let it happen!”
Before Yuni could respond to her son’s anguish, the doorbell rang.
Without waiting for someone to respond to the bell, Pete, the head of the moving crew, barged in. He heard Anthony crying and headed straight for the bedroom.
“What is the matter, young fellow, sad to leave this place?”
Without concern as to who this man might be, Anthony blurted out, “You have to help, they are going to kill my dog.”
“Don’t worry, as long as Pete is around, nobody is going to kill any dogs.” Yuni assumed this was one of the movers, but she thought she better ask to make sure. “Yes, madam, I’m Pete. Me and my crew will get you all packed up, and we will move you to your new place. If I may ask, what’s this killing the kid’s dog all about?”
“The place we are moving to won’t allow dogs. I have pleaded with them, but the housing authority will not make an exception. There is nothing I can do but leave him here with our neighbors.”
“They’ll kill him,” Anthony screamed.
“Calm down, young man, I told you nobody kills dogs while Pete is around. The housing authority does not have enough people available to check on the condition of the apartments, let alone to check if anyone keeps a dog on the premises. I’ll talk to the superintendent in charge of the building you’re moving into. I know all those guys; he won’t give you any trouble. Besides, there are so many stray dogs around that building complex that nobody will know the difference.”
“Really, we can take Zorbo?” The tears disappeared like magic.
“Yes, Zorbo is coming along. And what is your name, young fellow? And what kind of a name is Zorbo?”
“I am Anthony, and Zorbo comes from Zorro and Boy. I thought of it myself when my father brought him home. I was three years old, and Zorbo was three weeks, so we are sort of the same age.”
“And how old are you now?”
“I’m ten, almost eleven, sir.”
“Well, Anthony, I can see you love that dog, so don’t worry. Zorbo will come with me in the big truck, and we’ll be waiting for you when you and your mother arrive at your new apartment.” Turning to Yuni , Pete apologized for sticking his nose into the issue of taking the dog. Yuni admitted that she had not known how to handle the situation and that she had prayed to find a way to have Anthony have his best friend with him when he moved into his new surroundings.
While the movers packed up her belongings and carted them off via the freight elevator to the moving van parked at the curb, Yuni stayed in her bedroom, feeling miserable. It was left up to Anthony to point out what was going with them and what furniture had been sold and would be picked up later in the day. Before long the au pair arrived. A month before, Yuni had informed her that she could no longer afford her and that she would have to let her go. Besides the finances, as a practical matter, it would have been impossible to retain her services. The apartment they were moving into had only one bedroom. That was all Yuni could afford on her disability allotment. She was devastated that Anthony would have to sleep on a couch in the living room.
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