by Neil Simon
Appropriate for Middle School and above
Here is part one of Neil Simon's
autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937
living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn home. Eugene
Jerome is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls,
Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: a
formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley.
Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young daughters and you
have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir
evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his
father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living
"In many respects his funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays." - New York Daily News
"There’s no romanticized gloss on the view of family life; the bonds are intense and unbreakable, yet they come through with all the wrinkles of real life." - Variety
"Hilarious comedy...His finest play...A delightful and enriching experience." - CBS-TV
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