Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Eugene Jerome and his family fight the hard times and sometimes each other – with laughter, tears, and love.
It’s 1937 in Brighton Beach, New York, during the heart of the Depression where fifteen-year-old Eugene lives with his jewish family. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex, and forever fantasising about his baseball triumphs as star player for the New York Yankees.
As our guide through his “memoirs”, Eugene takes us through a series of trenchant observations and insights that show his family meeting life’s challenges with pride, spirit, and a marvelous sense of humour. As his father says, “If you didn't have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”
But, as World War II looms ever closer, Eugene sees his own innocence slipping away as the first important era of his life ends – and a new one begins.
"She saw me on the crapper! Nora saw me on the crapper! I might as well be dead."