Set against the background of a lower middle-class neighborhood in Buffalo, NY, The King of Kreskin Avenue is the dramatic story of how the paths of Mario Colucci, a highly decorated, emotionally scarred Korean War hero who’s the neighborhood oddity, cross with a sixteen-year-old Robbie Shumstein, trying to come to grips with the death of his brother in Vietnam.

A beautifully written and thought-provoking debut novel that revisits the anger, polarization, and consequences when a country’s moral compass fails and needs to be rebalanced by men, women and a boy of conscience.

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A.K. Vitberg was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and now resides with his wife Janice, near his three adult children, on a two-acre wooded lot in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region. After an award-winning career in marketing and advertising he wrote his debut novel, The King of Kreskin Avenue, reflecting on his coming of age in the turmoil of the 1960’s and its similarities to the turmoil of today.

A.K. Vitberg

Book Author of The King of Kreskin Avenue. Now available at Amazon as an e-Book or in paperback.


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