Books: The Mist in Brownsville

TO BROOKLYN WITH LOVE by Gerald Green. 305 pages. Trident. $5.95.

Memory is a subtle liar and often a bad writer of fiction—but it can be a marvelous storyteller. Very early in this rush of remembrance of a Brooklyn boyhood 30 years ago, it is clear that Gerald Green has let memory do all the work. His hero, Albert Abrams, is a skinny, precocious, unheroic kid who tags fearfully after a gang of asphalt Iroquois called the Raiders. The book follows Albert and his heroes—a splendidly underprivileged crew of dirty-cut young men—through a wild...

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