Norumbega Park' by Anthony Giardina
It's comforting to believe that doing the "right'' things - working hard, finding the perfect home in a nice town, sending your kids to the best schools - can ensure that your life will turn out the way you want.
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#1 Feb 2, 2012
As an ex resident of MA and familiar with the demise of the real amusment park, Norumbega by name, it has occured to me that Giardina is using this as an ironic title, given the plot line of the novel. Even though in its heyday it was a great place it declines, diminishes & is now gone, just as the promise of the early days of the fictional family living in the ficitonal Norumbega Park declines, diminshes and the initial dream that only good things will come from living there dies as well.
It's a great title for readers unfamiliar with the "real story" but a dead giveaway for those of us who know that NP was never a fancy town, just an ordinary amusement park, destined to close up like so many others, when other distractions and entertainments came along. How about Revere Beach? That's a good title, too. I think it's been taken.
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