As he forges his hard-earned literary career, he and his friends are constantly in and out of ill-advised trysts with other players in their Brooklyn literati circle.
His internal monologues and narcissistic justifications will make you cringe not because he’s kind of a dick (he is) but because of how closely they resemble the dysfunctionality of your own past love affairs. is someone you’ll love to hate, because you hate that you loved a self-indulgent intellectual snob like him once(ish.) Heck, you’ve probably been that guy before.
The story takes place at Bedford-Stuyvesant studio apartments, bike rides through Prospect Park, and too many bars in the vicinity of Gowanus, Park Slope, Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, providing a brutally but refreshingly honest portrayal at the trials and tribulations of modern love in the city.
The Bentwoods’ fraying psyches mirror the atmosphere of an era plagued with rampant crime and dismal uncertainty towards the fate of the arts and of the city– a not unfamiliar concept. Reflect on how much the neighborhood has changed since the Bentwoods resided there, and imagine what it would be like if you, too, could live in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone. ________________________ by Paule Marshall This coming-of-age tale was unprecedented at the time of its release in 1953.
Brown Girl, Brownstones follows Selina Boyce, the daughter of Barbadian immigrants who have come to Brooklyn in search of the ever-elusive American Dream.
Set in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the stories take a look at black immigrant life in Brooklyn from the Great Depression to World War II.
, Brooklyn has a long history of producing, housing and inspiring great authors and literary works.
So naturally, there’s plenty of great literature that takes place around these parts.
Here’s an introductory list of Brooklyn-based books, and where in the borough you should enjoy them for an optimum reader experience. by Adelle Waldman Believe the hype about the almost absurdly well-reviewed must-read of last summer.
Adelle Waldman’s Nate is a compelling and often painfully realistic character.
Its stylishly cozy interior still has dark, dive-y vibes, and it attracts some smarty-pants clientele.
They always offer a beer-shot combo deal and recently introduced a pretty awesome brunch, where you can nurse your hangover while discussing your literary pretensions with your flavor-of-the-week (if you like them enough). Bentwood find themselves unprepared to deal with their changing neighborhood, and questioning whether seeking meaning through writing in a chaotic world is a worthless endeavor (eesh.) After a series of bizarre and unfortunate events befalls them, curmudgeonly Otto and flighty Sophie begin to feel cursed.
by Paula Fox Paula Fox’s satirical and suspenseful 1970 novel provides a brief glimpse into the lives of a childless middle-aged couple in Brooklyn Heights, unraveling as the world around them does the same. Sophie is bitten by a cat that won’t stop showing up at their apartment, she sneaks out with her husband’s former business partner to a Clark St.
bar when he appears at their door in the middle of the night, and her erratic and obsessive behavior creates a heavy sense of dread throughout the narrative.