Blockbuster Novel of 1939 Atlantic City is New From “Boardwalk Empire” Publisher

Filed under: Top Stories — John B. Bryans @ 11:13 am

October 5, 2009, Medford, NJ—Plexus Publishing, Inc., whose Boardwalk Empire is the basis of a highly–anticipated dramatic series from Martin Scorsese and HBO, announced publication of A Boardwalk Story, an historical novel by J. Louis “Jack” Yampolsky. The novel is the first from Yampolsky, described by the publisher as “an 80-something accountant and financial manager with a rare gift for storytelling.”

“1939 Atlantic City comes alive in this remarkable novel,” said novelist and screenwriter Alan R. Trustman, who penned the screenplays for The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt. “A Boardwalk Story is made to order for the movies!”

[Editor’s note: Readers can “cast” their dream film versions of A Boardwalk Story and Boardwalk Empire at StoryCasting.]

Yampolsky’s vivid coming-of-age tale is set in the tenth year of the Great Depression in America, as Europe stands on the brink of war. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, a seashore resort town that springs to life every summer, 15-year-old Jack Laurel’s life is turned upside down by an almost magical convergence of people and events. A mysterious boardwalk entertainer inspires a love of literature, a feud with neighborhood bullies escalates, and innocence is lost.

As the annual influx of summer tourists floods the boardwalk, Jack stumbles into commodities trading with two men—one a reclusive mystic, the other a charismatic pitchman and mathematical savant. Inspired by the musings of a boardwalk fortuneteller, the three partners are poised to reap unimagined profits. But a house of cards is about to come down around them and, with it, the wrath of Atlantic City’s iron-fisted mob boss.

A Boardwalk Story evokes nostalgia for the days when Atlantic City was the “Playground of the World”—the home of gilded Arabesque hotels, elegant shops, parades, and pageants. The Steel Pier was the grandest entertainment spot in the world. For 35 cents, you could spend the whole day swaying and dancing to the most famous of the crooners and big bands, thrill to acrobats, jugglers, and the famous diving horse, and travel to the ocean floor in a glass capsule. By 1939, war clouds in Europe cast a long shadow; in September, with Hitler’s invasion of Poland, World War II would begin. For the resort and the nation, life would change forever.

Additional details are available via pdf in the publisher’s press release.

Book Launch “on the Boardwalk”
A book launch and signing with J. Louis Yampolsky will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1:00–3:30PM, at the Atlantic City Art Center on Garden Pier, New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk. The free event is open to the public, and the book will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served. For information contact Susan Ditmire (609/568-6801; or Linda Chamberlain (609/654-6500;

J. Louis Yampolsky is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced public accounting for 40 years before retiring from public practice to become a financial manager of trusts and investment partnerships. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and in Margate, New Jersey, with his wife, Judith. A Boardwalk Story is his first novel.

A Boardwalk Story (488 pp/hardcover/$24.95/ISBN 978-0-937548-72-1) is represented to the book trade by Parson Weems’ Publisher Services. It is available through all major booksellers, direct from the publisher (609/654-6500 or, and online at the publisher’s website.

For more information contact:
Rob Colding
Plexus Publishing, Inc.
609/654-6500, x330