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Betsy Town 


     by Michael J. Malone       

Betsy Town is the third novel in Michael J. Malone's Tompkins Trilogy.

Three decades ago, a distraught woman stared down an approaching train from the tracks in Elizabeth, New Jersey, infant son in her arms. The baby survived. Growing up in foster care when his father could not shoulder the burden, David Campion has managed to mostly hold it together. But recent developments, including...

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Publishers Weekly Reviews Malone’s ‘Betsy Town’

Betsy Town, the third novel in Michael J. Malone’s Tompkins Trilogy series, was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. The book depicts the misadventures of David; three decades earlier, his distraught mother held him in her arms as she stood in front of an approaching train in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The baby survived. As an adult, David struggles to put his mother to rest and get on with his life. 

Said Publishers Weekly, “In a scattered narrative voice, David recounts his visits to Elizabeth, which he keeps secret from his fiancée the way another man might an infidelity.”​


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Michael J. Malone


Michael J. Malone’s fiction appears in the 2013 Westchester Review.  His journalism has been published in The New York Times, Playboy,, Rugby Magazine and New York Magazine. Malone's debut novel, No Never No More, details a city, and a neighborhood, undergoing momentous transformation.  Part 2 of his Tompkins Trilogy, the novel When I Was Punk captures the colorful history of punk rock and protest in Tompkins Square Park.  Part 3 of the three-novel series, Betsy Town, is published in the fall of 2015.  


An occasional book critic and beer writer, Malone’s Books & Beer show airs twice a month on WVOX and is available in iTunes as Mike Malone’s Books & Beer.  He lives in New York and roots for the Mets.

“Funny, profane, violent, and thoughtful, Declan Coulter, a perpetually hung over, concussed rugby player, is one of the most intriguing characters to ever appear in Tough Guy American Lit.  Malone’s No Never No More is required reading for any dude who’s ever thrown a roundhouse punch or had his heart broken by a dame"    

~ Jay Atkinson, Professor of Journalism, Boston University

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