Author Suzanne Corso will talk about her spirited debut novel, "Brooklyn Story," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the New Canaan Library. Event co-sponsor Elm Street Books will sell copies, which will be available for signing. The story, about a girl's lost innocence and dreams found just the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, is an affectionate, true-to-life tale of growing up, breaking away and dreaming big.

In the summer of 1978, Samantha Bonti is 15 years old and navigating a dangerous relationship with an older boyfriend who's devastatingly good looking -- and an aspiring mobster. Half-Jewish, half-Italian, Samantha lives in Bensonhurst with her mother Joan, a cynic shackled with addictions, and with Grandma Ruth, Samantha's loudest and most opinionated source of encouragement.

Told from the adult perspective, this is a powerful story of leaving the past to history and the future to fate -- as Samantha makes a move to restore hope where there was none and reach for her dream of a new life as a writer in Manhattan.

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"Corso gets the Brooklyn dialect pitch-perfect and keeps the pace brisk ... the universal story of longing, loyalty and growing up rings true," Publishers Weekly said.

As a teenager, Corso found herself entangled with a member of the mob until he went to prison. She went on to become a writer and is also a producer and the author of two feature film screenplays, based on her novels, "Brooklyn Story" and "RoughCuts; The Trilogy," a fast-paced, romantic suspense story set against the backdrop of the diamond business. She has penned other screenplays, such as "A Simple Road" and "Gary Granite." She has also produced for the New York and London stages and has produced two documentaries: "Indonesia, A Personal Journey" and "Hear Them Roar," shot entirely at the Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Citra, Fla. This documentary inspired her children's book, "Sammy & Sue Go Green Too!" Currently, she is working on the sequel to "Brooklyn Story." Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call 203-594-5040 or email programs@newcanaanlibrary.org. To preorder a book call Elm Street Books at 203-966-4545.