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The Paratrooper of Mechanic Avenue

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Country  United States
Publication date  1960
Pages  243
Author  Lester Goran
Genre  Novel
OCLC  1673143

Language  English
Media type  Print (hardback)
Originally published  1960
Page count  243
Publisher  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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The Paratrooper of Mechanic Avenue is the first novel by the American writer Lester Goran. It is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spans a time period from the Great Depression to the postwar era.

It tells the story of Ike-o Hartwell, born into the fictional Pittsburgh slum of Sobaski's Stairway, and how he learns to survive amid the neon glow of pawn shops and poolrooms on Mechanic Avenue peopled by racketeers, pimps, gangs, and ward heelers. Then the army drafts him for the Korean War. After a dishonorable discharge, he dresses as a paratrooper and expects a hero's s welcome back on Mechanic Avenue.

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