Book: Coming to Astoria - An Immigrants Tale by Omar Kiamcategories: Book, Middle East, Palestine, Immigrant, New York, Astoria, Jordan, Sandy Duncan, Shoe Shining, Aviation High School, Immigrants Tale
Omar Kiamabout this book: This book is about my experiences growing up. It started out as a four page short story when my best friend and I, both 11 years old, went into bars to shine shoes for a quarter. I put it on Amazon and it got very good reviews. I expanded it into a 20,000 word story, called Coming to Astoria: Coming of Age in America, which got 4 and 5 star reviews, but all the reviewers said they wanted more. This is the final edition, now at 50,000 words.
Coming to Astoria: An Immigrants Tale goes back to the Middle East to explain why my family decided to come to America. The book also goes later into my life, to the point where nothing else was left to tell.
The cover photo is the view looking out from Astoria onto the Tri-Boro bridge and the upper east side of Manhattan.
Writing the book brought back many memories of growing up in Astoria and in Jordan which I had long forgotten. Each chapter I wrote brought up additional memories, most good memories, but a few I would have preferred stayed buried.
I had a lot of fun writing this book, and hope it will be the first of many.
Here's one of the 5 star reviews from the first edition:
• Very enjoyable
"I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It put me into the time and place with an immigrant family and even moreso, into the childhood of the author. You can feel the mood, hear the conversations, experience the little joys and appreciate the opportunities they had in America."
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