A Brooklyn Saga

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19th Century,Earlier 20th Century,1920s & '30s,1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s,Across Centuries

Carolyn Angiolillo & Ronald Joseph Kule

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This coming-of-age story set in the 1950s-60s-70s traces the steps of Angelina Carpello as she navigates her life from sitting on her stoop in the Italian section of Williamsburg Brooklyn. Her life will dramatically change when she meets Wengchan Liang, a hitman from mainland China.


Action,Adventure,Biographical,Crime,Detective,Drama,Family,Mystery,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

A history of the founding of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York City focusing on the immigrant migration (late 19th and early 20th century) and introducing the four families from Italy who give birth to the main character, Angelina Carpello.

Working as a hitman for the Italian Mafia, Wengchan Liang rescues Angelina Carpello from a life-threatening situation while finding for himself a long-sought life's redemption.


Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York City

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One',Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Twist,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Angelina Carpello

Age: 12 years - 18 years

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Obedient,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Religious,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Secretive,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Wengchan Liang

Age: 10 years - 35 years

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Empathetic,Masculine,Villainous,Obedient,Uneducated,Heroic,Honorable,Skillful,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Caterina Carpello

Age: 40 years

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Uneducated,Religious,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Leader,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Joey Gap

Age: 50 years

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Criminal,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Skillful,Secretive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Leader,Engaging

Development Pitch

This coming-of-age story has a perfect platform for a TV series as it would attract the attention of the Millennial generation who has gentrified the "neighborhoods" of old - those mostly made up of immigrants from Europe that rarely exist today. Tenants of mine would sometimes ask me, "was this neighborhood really a Mafia town?" or "Tell me a story of how your life was growing up in Williamsburg?" Once I would regale them with a story or two, they were fascinated to hear that the Gay Bar on Lorimer Street was once a restaurant where a guy was stabbed in the ear with an ice pick while he and a bunch of friends were sitting on the stoop there. Others would be entertained when I would describe the atmosphere of the neighborhood that once was: immigration and struggle, Mafia influence, Catholic Church vagaries, and of course, shopping locally everyday for fresh Italian delicacies to serve on the dinner table every night. The landscape of America has changed within the last 20 years, and there is a story to tell about it's lost neighborhoods, especially the ones that changed the climate the most - the Millennials!

About The Author

ABOUT CAROLYN ANGIOLILLO Carolyn Angiolillo was born and raised in Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of St. John’s University in Queens, New York, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Government & Politics. Carolyn lives in Longboat Key, Florida. A Brooklyn Saga: Stories from the Stoop is her first published novel. ABOUT RONALD JOSEPH KULE Acclaimed author, biographer, novelist, and ghostwriter Ronald Joseph Kule hails from Bogota, Colombia. His Polish-American father and Colombian-Chilean mother paint-brushed his life-canvas with wanderlust. Consequently, he came to appreciate many ethnic differences and similarities by spending time in more than 39 countries. Living in Clearwater, Florida, Kule writes across several genres. For clients, his specialties are biography and historical fiction. His published titles consistently earn five stars on review.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published


Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available







This book tells the story of Angelina Carpello, whose biography is entangled with the story of Williamsburg Brooklyn in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and its delightful background involving immigrant families and the struggles nowadays that seem to be far lost in the neighborhood.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD


Structure: GOOD


Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

What drew me into this story immediately was that it is way different from other stories set up in New York city. Far from the glamour and the ‘cool’ atmosphere that surrounds new yorker narratives, this one goes to the roots of the neighborhood: it brings immigration struggles, crime, violence and also the vivacity and cultural richness of early Brooklyn.

Possible Drawbacks

Nothing made me want to put the book down. It is dynamic and easy to read.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

I would watch this movie because the theme and premise are not commonly explored in narratives, and Brooklyn is a neighborhood that is famous worldwide, however very few people are aware of how it was decades ago. A type of Gangs of New York for the 20th century.

Fanbase Potential

It could have a large fanbase because the characters are charismatic and the theme – gangs, mafia and Italian immigration in New York, through the perspective of a girl coming of age – are sure to be very interesting for new generations.

Awards Potential

This adaptation has awards potential because it is a period movie and as such, requires great work from costume, scenarios and actors.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The original thing about this story is that when the author recalls the life of Angie and the neighborhood she grew up in, even when there are violent passages, the narrative reaches a tone that is honest but still able to get the spirit of vivacity, joy and connection between people of the time.

Lead Characters

Angelina is an obedient and strong young woman who is very close to her family. She is charismatic, loving, vivacious with a hint of naive and is a great lead for this story.

Uniqueness of Story

It is a rare gem.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Network, Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



I recommend this story, especially as an adaptation for film, because it is witty, fun, has an interesting story arch and, of course, a great protagonist.