Her main character, Janey, lives right around the corner from my office. She writes, “I live in a high-rise on the corner of Twenty-third Street and Second Avenue. Every morning on my way to the subway, I pass a residence for the deaf, a halfway house for the mentally ill, United Cerebral Palsy, and a school for the blind. Twenty-third Street is not a forgiving place, even for New York City.”
My office is in this same neighborhood. I can’t verify all the claims, but it is definitely right near United Cerebral Palsy and a school for the blind, so I’m apt to believe the rest of the description. It’s neat (to people my age use that word?) to recognize the places I see everyday in a novel.
Of course, I don’t have the feeling that the area is unforgiving. That’s perhaps because I’m not quite as crazy as Janey, but who knows. Maybe I’m just an optimist.