Frederic Tuten has had a remarkable life, writing novels, traveling the world, and even teaching writing with Paul Bowles in Tangiers. Spanning three decades, he brings us from his Sicilian immigrant family's kitchen table in the Bronx, to the politically volatile corridors of the City College of New York, and finally to the dangerous, exciting streets of Alphabet City in the 1960s.
Determined at fifteen to trade in his neighborhood streets for the romantic boulevards of Paris, Tuten drops out of high school to pursue the bohemian life. He never makes it to Paris, instead finding a rich education in life right in his own backyard. While struggling to keep his mother and himself financially afloat, Tuten subways from the Bronx to Manhattan to study drawing, falls in love with a model, and weaves himself into the vibrant scene of Greenwich Village's underground artists and writers. He gathers an unexpected father figure in an ex-con turned painter - as well as many romances-along the way.