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Frank Marotta

Frank Marotta was born and raised on the mean streets of New York City in the 1950's. Corona, Queens, was a close-knit, blue-collar, predominantly Italian neighborhood. It had the distinction of being the site of the two World's Fairs, in 1939 and 1964. Now known as Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it's home to the New York Mets Citi Field, the Arthur Ash Tennis Stadium, Queens Theatre in the Park, and the New York City Hall of Science.

But such upscale beginnings were not the way it all started for Frank. His family of eight lived in a close-quartered, four-room apartment and experienced both abuse and dysfunction. All this lead to Frank's instabilities-mental, emotional, and social-and to his self-purported inability to make favorable decisions in his life. But it is now time to unlock those early years of hopelessness and despair.

This is his story…

Published Works:

Alterations to a Life Jacket: Tales of a Young Man's Survival


Born in Corona, Queens, Frank Marotta grew up in a four-room apartment with his family of eight. "I was born and raised on the mean streets of New York City in the 1950's," Marotta said. "Humble beginnings would be an understatement." Marotta's home life was rocky at best, and he suffered from the abuse and neglect surrounding him.

As a result, Marotta spent the majority of his childhood planning how to escape his toxic and dysfunctional home. Unfortunately for Marotta, the scars of his childhood continued to haunt him even after leaving home, and the psychological trauma affected his ability to make sensible decisions as a young adult.

In his new memoir, Alterations to a Life Jacket, Marotta recounts his constant struggles with insecurity, emotional and self-esteem issues. At 21, he married his first real girlfriend who was 11 years his senior and also had 2 children. By the time he was 23, he had 4 children. All this presented him with overwhelming mounting responsibilities.

Over the years, Marotta's demons persisted, yet he persevered. Now on the other side, after years of introspection and self-discovery, Marotta seeks to offer readers insight and guidance on how to face down adversity and not only survive but thrive. "I relate the ups and downs and twists and turns of my life, all the while trying to hold on to my morals, dignity and sanity," Marotta said. "It's time to let go of those early years of hopelessness and despair."


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