Lifelong Friend's Death Inspires NJ Native's Book Exploring Grief

Mar 11, 2022 189

BY: Michelle Rotuno-Johnson

Michael O'Shea's death in 2013 affected many people in Bergen County: family, friends, fellow law enforcement officers, and numerous others. O'Shea's longest friend, Andrew Cotto, recently published a novel based on their lifelong friendship in Glen Rock, and about the grief that wracked him after O'Shea's death.

O'Shea died of leukemia in 2013. Cotto estimates 2,000 people came to his wake in Wyckoff. The book "Pasta Mike: A Story of Friendship and Loss" celebrates their friendship, and follows Cotto's walk with grief. "I didn't realize how much it would impact me and what it would feel like to suffer like that over the loss of someone who was a friend," Cotto told Patch. "And that grief stayed with me for a very long time."

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