Jeffrey J. Antonucci donates his newly published book to Pat Zerbe, senior librarian at Wayne Public Library

Jeffrey J. Antonucci, a longtime resident of Wayne, donated his newly published book, Deep Within a Blueberry Sky, to Pat Zerbe, senior librarian at Wayne Public Library, 461 Valley Road, and to Janette Pardo, librarian at the Wayne Preakness Library, 1006 Hamburg Turnpike, in mid-December.

I was born and raised in Wayne, attended the Wayne Public Schools, from kindergarten through high school, and after getting married and moving to Clifton for five years, my wife and I returned to Wayne, where we built our home and raised our two children.

So, I was very happy to donate my book in the magical realism genre to each of the public libraries in Wayne.

Antonucci’s beautifully illustrated hard-cover novel tells the story of a young girl who spends part of each summer in the country with her grandfather enjoying life in the great outdoors and overcoming challenges along the way that shape her life forever. Deep Within a Blueberry Sky exemplifies the quintessential elements of what the selfless acts of giving and teaching, both profound offerings of love, really signify, and the tremendous good that comes, as a result.

Jeffrey J. Antonucci Janette Pardo, librarian at the Wayne Preakness Library

First-time author, 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. Up until that point, Jeff’s writings consisted of small personal pieces and poems for family members and friends.

The book, published by Woodpecker Press, Livingston, New Jersey, is available at the author’s site,


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