‘Raw – Emotional – Outstanding’
‘Brooklyn NY: A Grim Retrospective, a memoir by Jerry Castaldo, gives the reader a personal and emotional glimpse into his life growing up in a world of chaos. The reader will follow him on a journey of destruction, drug addiction, violence, and sheer madness, and just when you think he has entered the point of no return – he rises above the darkness.
At sixteen, growing up on the streets of Brooklyn in the 70s, Jerry struggles to survive the next day. Jerry must conform to the rules laid down by those who regulate the streets – a far cry from his alter boy image. Living a life of petty crime while indulging in drugs and alcohol, he loses all self-respect – but at the same time, he never loses the desire and determination to rise up and regain his soul. Through it all, he does not make false excuses for his actions, nor does he lay blame to those who betray his trust.
Jerry will introduce you to celebrities, politicians, royalty, and the underbelly of society. He will prove to you how money and prestige cannot replace the heartache one endures at the mercy of addictions. This memoir is much more than a story of ones fight to overcome adversity, it’s a promise of hope, love and redemption for anyone struggling to break free from addictions of any form. Revealing his most personal tragedies and triumphs, Mr. Castaldo deserves a standing ovation – for if it saves one soul from having to endure the pain and anguish he suffered – this book is priceless!