The Good Cousin Who Lives on 18th Street
by R. M. Nunez
The Good Cousin Who Lives on 18th Street intertwines past and present in a touching and multi-layered story of two friends, Rakim and Romelo, and their friends and family including the pivotal character Pito. Mentally disabled, Pito is sweet and child-like. One day he is left alone to play his favorite game in the neighborhood arcade. A series of interactions results in his brutal beating at the hands of gangsters.
Rakim, Romelo, and Pito live in and have been raised in a community riddled by gun and gang violence. The beating of Pito is both cause and effect. The event results from a series of events in the pasts of Rakim and Romelo. How Rakim and Romelo choose to avenge the beating of Pito will determine their own future, as well a that of many in their community.
About the Author:
R. M. Nunez hails from New York. The Good Cousin Who Lives on 18th Street is inspired by the events of his life.
He hopes that The Good Cousin Who Lives on 18th Street will demonstrate the importance of individual action and how important it is to treat each other kindly.
(2014, paperback, 66 pages)