Streets of Gold Author:Evan Hunter This marvelously engrossing novel centers around Ignazio Silvio Di Palermo--also known as Iggie, Ike, Blind Ike and Dwight Jamison--a briefly idolized jazz pianist who was born in an Italian neighborhood in New York's East Harlem in 1926, a quarter century after his grandfather emigrated from his Italian village to make his fortune on New York's... more » gold-paved streets and than return home.
Grandpa never got back to Fiormonte. Instead he fell in love with Teresa and married her, and what with the years and the babies and her family that became his won, la vicinanza became the close-knit neighborhood in New York.
His favorite grandson, Ike, born blind, grew ip in a close, vivid, lusty world bounded by familiar streets, his grandfather's love, his mother's volatility, his huge array of relatives, weekly feasts, the discovery of girls, the exhilaration of music and his great talent. Later he discovered jazz, an by doggedness and an insatiable hunger to play it, forced his way onto Fifty-second Street and a career that with luck and brilliance moved him up among the greats.
Marriage, riches, success, adulation' the American dream come true beyond Grandpa's wildest imaginings--and with something peculiarly American as well in its aftermath.« less