Picks and Pans Review: The Brownstone Cavalry
by Howard Crook
The Brownstone Cavalry, Crook suggests, is the 20th-century version of The Three Musketeers. The setting is Brooklyn, and the heroes are a trio of newly estranged—and not too heroic—husbands. They really didn't think their marriages were bad until they were shown the door. They meet at a neighborhood bar to rage at ex-wives, adjust to being weekend fathers and bolster their false bravado in stalking new women. But it is the mutual support system they build that makes poignant this first novel by Crook, a free-lance journalist. While the men's sometimes childish exploits are hilarious, the author also captures the intense emotions of people forced, at last, to really deal with their emotions about themselves, their families and most of all each other. (Summit Books, $13.95)
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