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Roller Rink Starlight: A Memoir


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Brilliantly written account of a skating author’s young life, including love, religion and friendship.

This memoir begins with William’s experiences at school as a young teen, meeting Gretchen. His innocence is well portrayed, against the contrast of Gretchen and her tastefully explained sexual experiences.

I was initially drawn to this book because of my own love of roller skating, but this immediately transferred to an enjoyment of William’s new found desire to spend his time at the roller rink, particularly after meeting Gloria and her sister, Katy.

William addresses his struggle with God in the next chapter. His upset that you can be condemned for not believing in Him causes him to question his loyalties and actually leads to a new discovery in a love of literature. Each paragraph is written so wonderfully that you feel as though you’re in the journey of this part of his life. The transitions to and from his home life to his new-found social life are seamless and keep you reading.

Katy's (and Gloria’s) contrast in upbringing and parenting experiences appear to be what makes William and Katy so wonderful together; he’s the ying to her yang and vice versa.

As you read deeper into the memoir, you come to learn of how skating becomes a form of escape during more trying times and how things change both in and out of the rink, except for his love for Katy. William, or Bill, as he’s more frequently known to others, finds friendship and more contrast in Rick. Their relationship only deepens his love for Katy, which grows as you venture further into the book, but not without its complications.

As time goes on, you grow with William and experience his new experiences with him, as the world and his life evolves and changes around him.

The language throughout the memoir is complex enough to enjoy without being so difficult that you need to research every other sentence. It is well constructed and entertaining. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Kieshia is a published, award-winning author, with a specific focus of both children's stories and contemporary romance, although she is yet to publish the latter. She lives in Somerset with her four boys, cats & rescue dog.

About the author

William Hart is a novelist and poet living in Los Angeles. He writes while helping produce the documentaries of PBS filmmaker Jayasri Majumdar, his wife. Hart’s work has appeared in several hundred literary journals, commercial magazines, newspapers and anthologies, and fourteen books. view profile

Published on March 25, 2021

Published by Epigraph Books

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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