An American Mid-Twentieth Century Becoming-of-Age Serialized Story
Becoming is being published as a multi-part series for the Kindle, and also as a set of paperback books. Please note that as the series covers a quarter-century in the ‘becoming’ of a boy into manhood, there are frequent instances of explicit sexual encounters and dialog.
On the Kindle
Part 1: The Lone Ranger and the Mountain Rescue
1939-1944 – The War Effort
Americans were asked to: Search their cabinets, drawers and boxes. Rummage through their basements. Forage their sheds. Comb their attics. Find anything—anything—that might be useful to the War Effort.
They were collected by: Adults in cars, trucks, and horse‑drawn wagons. Children dragging factory‑manufactured or homemade orange‑crate wagons.
Part 2: The Sentence
With fingernails screeching down the metal partition, falling to the left, his shoulder thumping against the door, kerploop, his right foot splashing into the bowl, Mitchell suddenly found himself standing with one foot in the toilet and the other on the floor. Oh, shit! What do I do now?
Part 3: The Girl with Green Teeth
Tall, almost as tall as Mitchell and, Olive Oyl, reed thin. She looks like Olive Oyl! Instantly bringing the picture of Olive Oyl from the Popeye comic strip to mind. Wearing the same blouse, skirt and shoes that Lisa wore, obviously a uniform from some parochial school, whereupon Lisa’s neck hung a small silver crucifix, upon Gina’s neck hung a huge wooden crucifix. Probably to keep vampires away, Mitchell thought. That’s if any vampire would want to put his teeth into that neck. Gina’s pasty complexion accentuated the shadow of grime that went from behind her ears and down and around her chin, and there were streaks from dribbling water that ran beneath her chin and down her neck.
Part 4: Matchbook Words
Going south the first two days, the boys had gone ashore nineteen times and the girls had been either too young, too old, or not pretty enough, and besides, the scene changed constantly and just because their “dream boats” weren’t there on the outgoing trip didn’t mean they wouldn’t be on the beach when they rowed back in a few hours, so why tie yourself down with anything less than what you really want? Which was, what else, but a long-legged, big-busted Miss Jewish America of 1949… or a fairly reasonable facsimile.
On this day, the third in Union Pier, they planned to explore north, towards the unknown.
As part of our promotion of Becoming by Mark Lichterman, for a limited time we are offering these free downloads.
Part 1 – The Lone Ranger and the Mountain Rescue
Part 2 – The Sentence
Part 3 – The Girl with Green Teeth
Becoming: Book 1
The complete version of the first paperback in the series. Contains the first three Kindle episodes.
Readers’ reviews of Becoming
“Wonderfully well written it paints a life picture at times through eyes of both humor and disappointment. I was reared in the rural south but this work transcends ethnic and geographic boundaries so that we can easily identify with Mitch, especially in his quest to lose his virginity. Mark’s wit and great sense of humor comes through in a style that holds ones attention long after putting down his book. You just know this has to be Mark’s story and that of those who experienced life with him. This is indeed a book worth reading for the sheer enjoyment of remembering the way we were and those people who made it interesting.”
“As one raised in a Chicago neighborhood around the same time Lichterman grew up in his, I found this coming-of-age novel very reminiscent of my own childhood and adolescence. However, to enjoy this book, one needn’t be from Chicago (or Peoria, for that matter), nor a child of the same era. The scenes, characters, experiences, relationships, conversations and events in this book are vividly and brilliantly depicted in a way that will awaken fond, fearful, and passionate memories in the reader fortunate enough to acquire this gem of a book. It is a poignant, humorous and timeless tale that moves along at a satisfying pace.”
For those who prefer paper, the Becoming series is also being released in paperback. The first book is now available – it contains the first three parts from the Kindle series – 1) The Lone Ranger and the Mountain Rescue, 2) The Sentence, and 3) The Girl with Green Teeth.
“You just know the author either lived next door or maybe on the next block `cause that’s the way things were growing up in the late 30s, 40s and into the `50s. There was no TV showing “things” or a computer to “Google” what a boy needs to know. It was just day-to-day wonderment and exasperation to face. The story was so close to my younger years that I started to bet myself that he would add other happenings of my life, and he sometimes did. O! The fun, anger, bitter joys of your growing years that the author brought back.”
“Loved the book. It brought me back to an earlier time and I loved being there as “a fly on the wall.” I found it easy to empathize with Mitchell. He gave me great insight into “coming of age” from the prospective of a boy. I wish I could have read it when I was growing up…could have let me understand that those “cool” boys were just as insecure as I. A must for us old folks and certainly a good read for everyone!”
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