Books by Lester Goran

BING CROSBY'S LAST SONG by Lester Goran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"An appropriately bittersweet evocation of a largely vanished world, distinguished by its ripe, vigorous language and by a moving portrait of a troubled, decent man."
"It's a heavy millstone," the protagonist of this sad, salty novel reflects, "to be the son of a good father." Read full book review >
SHE LOVED ME ONCE by Lester Goran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1997

"Literate tales that chart the waywardness of the human heart- -but in strokes too broad and sentimental to be truly affecting."
Veteran writer Goran revisits the milieu he introduced in Tales from the Irish Club (1996) with more nostalgic, if not always notable, tales of the club's habituÇs. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE IRISH CLUB by Lester Goran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1996

"Otherwise, Goran's tales fail to strike a fresh note, seeming more like set-pieces with unsurprising characters behaving in predictable ways."
A first collection from veteran Goran (a memoir, The Bright Streets of Surfside, 1994, etc.) consists of 11 low-key stories set in and around an old neighborhood hangout—the Irish Club—where the locals get together to drink, to dance, and always to talk. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"But this memoir is sad too for what it reveals about the author, who seems largely unable to winnow out much of substance from a great deal of oral fluff."
Sometimes a memoir writer makes the unfortunate decision to turn a potentially good 20-page article into a work many times that length. Read full book review >