A House by the Park tells the saga of a Syrian immigrant family forged by the Great Depression, buffeted by World War II, and steeled by illness, assimilation and the turmoil of six siblings battling in the post-war era to shed the value systems of their Middle Eastern parents. In addition to painting a vivid portrait of urban neighborhood life in Brooklyn, New York during the forties and fifties, Dr. Keyloun describes in wrenching detail the complexities of personality and behavior that marked the conflicting relationships within his family. Although much of the discord could easily be attributed to sibling rivalry or the rebellion against cultural anomalies, Dr. Keyloun exposes how his familial relationships were further impacted by what would eventually become known as bipolar disorder. Spanning from his early formative years through the present day, A House by the Park is a memoir told with brutal honesty, but also with undeniable love and affection.
VICTOR KEYLOUN, M.D.
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"Dr. Keyloun shares his experience of what is was like to grow up in Brooklyn in this thought-provoking memoir. This book provides insight into the struggles of an immigrant family and the six children who were challenged by their roles in the home and in the family business. This memoir was nostalgic, humorous, and at times, sad. The interesting family dynamics make it a must-read."
"A House by the Park provides insight into a Syrian family living in an ethnically diverse Brooklyn neighborhood. Dr. Keyloun recognizes bipolar disorder among some of his siblings, and reveals the detrimental effects it had on his family. The honesty of the author—who pulls no punches—cannot help but draw the reader to make parallels to one’s own life, family, friends and experiences."
EDWIN P. HEIDEMAN
Professor of Physics and Geology