Albany Times-Union Jan. 30, 2020
“Natalie’s War” by Paul Castellani (Donwood Books)
This book, set during the war years of the 1940s, was a real pleasure to read. Featuring local settings, including Watervliet, Cohoes and the Tomhannock Reservoir, it revolves around a very likable protagonist named Natalie Pisano who hastily marries Bill Costello just before he ships out to war in Europe. The book spends much of the time on Natalie back home working at the Watervliet Arsenal and struggling with a potential affair with one of her supervisors and Bill, who is in combat in Belgium. Castellani, who lives in Delmar, knows how to keep this story moving, and he has a real gift for writing strong dialogue. I especially enjoyed how he was able to bring to life this time period. It had a real feel of what life was like in the 1940s, and it also showed how so many veterans struggled with PTSD upon their return. I didn’t want the book to end.
Paul Castellani “Advice to Fledgling Authors” by Doug Toscano. Glens Falls Poststar. November 8, 2015
Book Review of SPUTNIK SUMMER by Nicky Gorny, Syracuse.com (Post-Standard) July 19, 2015
“Tourist townie tension boils over in the Adirondacks.”
Book Review of SPUTNIK SUMMER by Betsy Kepes, North Country Public Radio, July 30, 2014
“Castellani paints a detailed portrait of life in the Adirondacks in the late 50’s…”
“It’s a book that moves along quickly…”
“Sputnik Summer is an entertaining beach read…”
Albany Times-Union. June 1, 2014. “Local Reads,” by Elizabeth Floyd Mair
“Sputnik is Adirondack Story,” by Doug Gruse. Glens Falls Post-Star, May 30, 2014
“An Adirondack Summer Turns Tragic for Teenager,” review by John Rowen in The Sunday Gazette (Schenectady), April 27, 2014.
“…mysteries that keep readers turning to the end of “Sputnik Summer.”
“Castellani is a strong writer and captures the feel of the Adirondacks in the summer.”
“Good tale of hot summer in Cold War,” review by Jerry McGovern in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 23, 2014
“Sex, violence and anti-communist hysteria in a 1958 Adirondack town makes for a good novel.”
“Castellani has crafted a very fine coming-of-age novel. The conflicts are believable, the characters realistic.” … “His story is a good memory for older readers and a good window into the past for younger ones. It’s a good read for everyone.”
“Five Questions for Paul Castellani,” The Troy Record. April 23, 2014
SPUTNIK SUMMER was featured in The Watertown Daily Times Books of Local Interest. March 23, 2014.
SPUTNIK SUMMER was featured in the Newsmakers column of the Adirondack Express, February 27, 2014 http://www.adirondackexpress.com/Columns/02252014_newsmakers
“New book centers on fictional town between Inlet, Old Forge.” Review by Gina Greco. The Weekly Adirondack, February 20, 2014. http://www.weeklyadk.com/archives/13251
Adirondack Center for Writing announces publication of member Paul Castellani’s new novel, SPUTNIK SUMMER. http://www.adirondackcenterforwriting.org/news-events/member-news