-Jeffrey J. Antonucci Publishes First Novel-
Jeffrey J. Antonucci, a lifelong New Jersey resident and former bricklayer, launched his new book, “Deep Within a Blueberry Sky,” at Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ.
With approximately 50 people in attendance, Jeff Antonucci elaborated on the book’s main theme of love. Untrained as a professional writer, Jeff informed the attendees of an epiphany he had the morning before the launch.
I realized I am not trained in the actual art of writing, but life as a bricklayer trained me to write this book. My teachers were my family members and friends. I was always told masonry means strength.
A brick by itself cannot hold up a building but bricks built upon a strong foundation can withstand anything. A book is built on an equally strong foundation of love and words. Stories, like bricks, can last forever.
The novel was written in the genre of magical realism, also known as magic realism or mystical realism, a type of narrative fiction which has even been considered an art form. Hallmarks of this type of writing, while encompassing a range of subtly different concepts, presents a primarily realistic view of the real world while also adding or revealing magical elements.
Jeffrey J. Antonucci followed in the footsteps of his father, uncle, and grandfather, all master tradesmen, by working in construction as a bricklayer. It wasn’t until the idea for this story came to Jeff, as he tells it, like a slideshow before his eyes, that he ever even thought of writing, what would become, this novel. Surprising, but magically or mystically true, as Jeff was making his decision to write a book – he was receiving signs that he was moving in the right direction. When the concept of the book started to come into focus, Jeff began to see signs that held encouraging messages on back windows of passing trucks, on churches he drove passed and many other places. Seems hard to doubt this book was meant to be written by Jeffrey J. Antonucci.
Up until that point, Jeff’s writings consisted of small personal pieces and poems for family members and friends. In addition, for the time he was employed as a senior facilities manager for a European corporation, Jeff composed email communications that were creative and fun to read, yet conveyed information that was pertinent to the safety and well-being of the four-hundred plus people that worked at that facility.