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Nights at the Dream Cafe

John Mahoney

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-934938-58-4
  • Publication Date: 2012-02-01
  • Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.)

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Nights at the Dream Cafe

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The Dream Café, a popular neighborhood restaurant, is a welcoming haven for all kinds of people. The owner feels that the café’s exceptional nighttime goings-on should be preserved, so he asks Tom Gibbs, a young writer, to be its official scribe. Spanning the calendar year before the United States’ involvement in World War II, the novel is comprised of a series of chronological stories—narrated by Tom Gibbs—each describing events at the café on a single night.

John Mahoney, himself a young man during the time period evoked, brings vitality and veracity to the novel’s mood and content. Anyone wishing to relive—or discover—the pre-WWII era will enjoy reading Nights at the Dream Café.

“With Nights at the Dream Cafe, Baby-Boomers and younger readers are introduced to a world they have never known. Mahoney paints a vivid, heart-warming portrait of a place almost ethereal in nature, and transports us back to a calmer, more communal time in America.” — David Sutor, Writer/Publisher

Nights at the Dream Café is the loveliest—and most lovingly written—book I have ever read. It is a celebration of human riches: kindness, humility, forgiveness and optimism.”— Michael Burke, ChicagoWriter, ww.ChicagoWriter.blogspot.com

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John Mahoney

A member of the “Greatest Generation,” John Mahoney was born in 1917, the year that the United States entered World War I. His childhood took place during the "Roaring Twenties," and his adolescence coincided with the Great Depression. While growing up, he became an amateur photographer, an avid reader, and a lover of music and nature. Just before the U.S. entered World War II, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After field artillery training on the West Coast, he was stationed in Queensland, Australia, where he found a home-away-from-home. From 1942 to 1945, John served in two campaigns, one on Biak Island in New Guinea, and one on the Zamboanga Peninsula of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

Upon his return from the service, the G.I. bill permitted John to enroll at the Catholic University of America, where he met his wife-to-be, graduate nurse Attracta O'Connor, whom he married in 1949. The two were married for fifty years, until Attracta’s death in 1999. They had three daughters, whom John supported by working as an editor and writer. John lives in Illinois, and has three grandchildren. He is a long-time member of the Downers Grove Writers' Workshop and the Illinois State Poetry Society. He has published numerous articles, stories, and reviews, as well as a chapbook of poetry, Lost Garden.