Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/29/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 584
ISBN : 9781418435417

About the Book

Lost love haunts many as they age, but ; in Staten Island Memoirs, Paris. Polanski creates a ficticious love affair with a beautiful face from the past; he cannot forget; Paris has led a full life that lacks only one thing - the love of a beautiful woman he met 43 years ago. The woman in question is the real life equivalent to Helen, the central character in the novel, modeled after the Greek Goddess Helen of Troy. The story opens with Paris Polanski in his home in Grant City, Staten Island. Not being able to find his long lost love, Paris creates a work of fiction in which he recreates his life by falling in love with, marrying and becoming part of Helen’s life, thus showing just how far one man's obsession will go to remove the sorrow of lost love. The story then goes back in time and continues Paris Polanski as a young man, secretly in love with a nameless, beautiful young woman. Shy and lacking self esteem, he is unable to express his  feelings for her, and loses her to another man. After serving in the US Navy, Paris  attends a New York City college and during one of his classes, he dreams of his ideal woman in the image and likeness of Helen of Troy.

   A year later, Paris sees the same young woman, Helen Jones, a student at Wilson College.  She is smart, beautiful, and popular, and comes from a wealthy family.  Paris on the other hand comes from a middle class family, dresses poorly, and is not blessed with the social graces; Engaged to a handsome young Ivy League attorney, Helen learns he has been cheating, and ends the relationship.

About the Author

   John Latka is a retired Engineer now turned writer residing in Warrenton, Virginia.  He lived on Staten Island, N.Y. from 1953 to 1977, served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1960 and  received his education at the City College of New York.    

   His interest in the Humanities and Greek Mythology prompted him to create the love story Staten Island Memoirs, inspired by his memory of a beautiful young woman he once knew, and  turning it into the creation of a character in the image and likeness of a modern day Helen of Troy. 

   The author keeps the story light and spirited by portraying his characters with an innate sense of humor and sensitivity. 

   Staten Island Memoirs will make you laugh and make you cry, as it transports you into the lives of two young people who find each other and fall deeply in love during the turbulent years of the 1960s.