This ambitious novella centers around a conflagration that destroys the upper floors of a Lower Manhattan condominium. Spanning 1975 to 2011, it depicts the interconnectedness of the lives of an... More > older illegal Jamaican immigrant, a middle-aged war photojournalist whose British father and Italian mother met in the civil unrest of 1968 Northern Ireland, a working-class college football player transplanted to Louisiana State University, and a Columbia undergrad from an affluent Upper East Side family.
Inspired by Louise Erdrich's experimental narrative technique in LOVE MEDICINE (National Book Critics Circle Award, 1984), the novella is a sort of jigsaw of temporal shifts and unexpected correspondences. Motifs serve as essential unifying threads. The work is the fruit of the creative energies of Ms. Chen and and her 2011-2012 English 12 class at Rye Country Day, an independent school located in Rye, NY. We hope you enjoy the read!< Less