Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
This is the story of a family growing up near, in and with Palisades Park from the 1930s through to its closing in the 1970s. The Park becomes a character with many renewals, rebirths and finally a decline. The characters in the novel are interesting, vibrant and realistic considering their unique circumstances. The family owns a concession at the Park and other concessionaires, traveling showman and carnies of all types become friends, lovers and mentors.
If you remember the Park, and find yourself humming the iconic song just reading the name, you’ll want to visit that swinging place called Palisades Park once again while reading this book.