“It’s set in the 1920s and in it there’s a beautiful commingling of jazz, Harlem streets and a sense of romance and possibility. The novel, formally, feels like a piece of jazz. It feels like riffs and improvisations and recurring refrains. In that sense it’s a fairly experimental novel, which is perhaps why it hasn’t been as seized upon, or lauded, within her oeuvre. Again, I think it’s a novel of desire and intoxication, something we keep coming back as we talk about New York and its fictions.” Read more...
Hermione Hoby on New York Novels