Mark Lichterman

The Climbing Boy

Mark Lichterman

Illegally sold as a ‘climbing boy’ – a chimney sweep’s apprentice – for the pittance of back rent owed on the shack he and his mother had lived in before she died, Zachariah is now nothing more than a slave to his owner, an abusive drunk. His mother dead these past five years, the image of her face fading from his memory, the boy struggles to remember… but now she appears only in deep shadow, even in his dreams.

She is gone. Then, on the day before Christmas in 1843 – the very same mystical Christmas Eve that Scrooge received his three ghostly visitors – the familiar face of a kind woman strikes a deep chord in Zachariah, one that rekindles the memory of his mother, and gives the boy hope for a new and different future.

— “A magical Christmas tale – deserves to become a classic.”

“A dark, but hopeful, riveting look at London society in the 1800s.”

“You’ll fall in love with Zachariah…”

Chapter 1 of ‘For Better or Worse’

Excerpt by Mark Lichterman
from For Better or Worse

Before meeting Mitchell again―because they had met six years earlier―keeping all boys’ hands away from where she knew they shouldn’t be, Marsha Goldman had held herself in tight rein on so many occasions when she had been in passionate situations with young men whom she’d liked, and one whom she thought she loved…

Chapter 1 of ‘Becoming’

Excerpt by Mark Lichterman
from Becoming

The lady and boy stood at the curb.

Watching the stoplight across the wide, busy street, the lady looked forward, waiting for the light to turn to green.

The five-year-old boy at her side looked to his left, watching the light across the smaller street, waiting for it to turn to red.


Mark Lichterman
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“Wonderfully well written, Becoming 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. Wit and a great sense of humor come through in a style that holds ones attention long after putting down his book…”

For Better or Worse

Mark Lichterman
Paperback, Kindle

Twisting on the seat, the young woman looked at the receding figure, watching the old man as he crossed the street. When he was no longer in view, facing forward, “Did you see that old man back there, the way he looked at us?” As the convertible waited for the red to change to green, the young man did see the old man. When they began to drive, his eyes had flicked nervously to the rearview mirror and back to the busy, early evening traffic of Neptune Avenue. Glancing at the pretty, darkhaired young woman sitting alongside him, “No,” he said. “What old man?”