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Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody

Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody by A.A. Freda can be read as a coming-of-age novel featuring a love story or an urban mystery, a story that explores the part played by the mysterious Rudy Kazoody in the sorry fate of a group of teenagers back in the early 1960s. But who is Rudy Kazoody? Just like the protagonist, readers will love to find out who this man is. Joey is an immigrant from Italy, trying to grow up with his family in the Bronx neighbourhood of New York City. Readers will read with exhilaration as the young man seeks to come to terms with the new environment and the rapidly evolving culture of the '60s. He falls in love, gets hurt and betrayed, and grows up, filled with the burning desire to solve the Rudy Kazoody mystery.

A.A. Freda’s Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody is a beautiful story that is beautifully told. The prose is powerful and the narrative voice is so clear and compelling its hard to put the story down. From the very beginning where the author describes a dramatic incident at sea, the story moves pretty fast. Readers will love the characters, which are compelling and well-developed. The sense of mystery developed around Rudy Kazoody will create a gnawing suspense in the minds of readers and make them read on. A fascinating story.

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Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody,      10/13/2016
Review Rating: 5 stars!
Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite

Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody by A.A. Freda is powerful, lyrical, and heartwarming — but the story will break the reader’s heart more than once. Set against the backdrop of a revolutionary New York Bronx neighborhood, this mystery narrates the life of Joey, an emigrant from an Italian city, his quest for love, and his journey to solve the mystery of Rudy Kazoody, a man who might be connected to the tragic fate of a group of teenagers in the early '60s. The mystery of Rudy Kazoody will haunt the young man, become an obsession, and make him feel that he must solve it to become complete. But can he? Can he find out who this mysterious man is?

There is a lot going on in Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody and there is a lot of entertainment for those who love coming-of-age stories and mysteries. The language is wonderful, and the first person narrative is so skillfully executed that it draws readers into the story. The author combines different genres into one story that is fast-paced and utterly intriguing. The characters are carefully sculpted, reflective of the history and culture of the time. Readers will love to watch Joey, the protagonist, as he evolves from a timid young man without the courage to talk to women into a self-confident man taking control and seeking answers. I enjoyed the entertaining and plot-driven dialogues, able to bring powerful images to the minds of readers, and as I read some of them, I got clear ideas of what the characters look and feel like. A.A. Freda is, no doubt, a great narrator, and an accomplished entertainer.

 

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About A A Freda

Like many of the characters in his novel, A A Freda arrived in America as an immigrant and grew up in the same Bronx neighborhood in which the events of Rudy Kazoody take place. Is book is an exploration of the emotions and experiences that he and many of his fellow teenagers experienced as they came of age in the tumultuous 1960s neighborhood. Freda grew up and married a Bronx girl, Jessann, and now resides in Easton, CT, a suburb of New York City that offers him a tranquil environment that allows him to keep his finger on the pulse of the city he loves so much. A graduate of Bernard Baruch College at the City University in New York, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. In addition to writing, in his spare time, Freda enjoys fishing, playing pool, baseball.

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