Local author Terence Clarke shares his stunning new book, New York: Stories.
“Tales like these feel like new takes on classic stories of New York by Salinger or Capote—fine company, all in all. ‘My Beautiful Francisco,’ in particular, with its Spence School girls and polo matches in the Hamptons, is a charming homage to Salinger’s Upper East Side. But Clarke is most successful when he tackles more modern New York characters. ‘Thank You, Pierre-Auguste’ is an appealing love story set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in which a successful sculptor falls in love with a divorcée-turned-baker and embraces new artistic media. It’s a timeless romance set in a fiercely contemporary situation. Similarly, ‘The Three-Cornered Hat’ takes a 21st-century figure as its protagonist—a startup founder—and sends him on an awkward evening of tango dancing in the Meatpacking District. While Clarke may not break new ground in the vast genre of New York literature, his enjoyable collection captures an authentic charm and should please any avid reader of stories of the city of New York.”—Kirkus Reviews