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Eve in the City: A Novelby Thomas Rayfiel
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“They say the city never sleeps. It does. Just before dawn you can hear it snore. Light hangs in the air, directionless, not yet pressed into rays. The smell of a hidden sea soaks through stone. The streets themselves have that booming emptiness of a shell held to the ear. Everyone is dreaming. It’s when I began to wander, that time in between.”
For Eve, newly arrived from a religious colony in the heartland, the sidewalks of New York aren’t conveyors of humanity, they are sacred symbols, holy places. In the early morning, when her shift as an after-hours barmaid ends, she roams the deserted neighborhoods. It is a pilgrimage of sorts. Like so many before her, Eve has come to Manhattan to find herself among the lights and noise and sea of anonymous faces that make up the city.
One night, her nocturnal meanderings lead her to a scene that will set her life on an unexpected course. She sees two people pressed against each other in the shadows of a building. Is it a mugging? A rape? Or is this what love looks like when viewed from the outside? Eve's gaze locks into that of the struggling woman. There is a moment of connection, of silent communication, and then she is gone, the sound of her footsteps swallowed by the city, leaving behind a man . . . bleeding on the pavement.
As Eve attempts to understand what she actually saw, she becomes involved with an up-and-coming artist who draws her to him even as his actions push her away; she meets a peculiar, father-like detective who pressures her to talk about a crime she now thinks may not have even happened; and she contemplates a marriage proposal that will give her a lot more than a last name. Everyone seems to want something from Eve; now if only she can figure out what, exactly, she has within her to give.
With Eve In The City, Thomas Rayfiel has written a love letter to New York, from empty dawn streets to the glitter of Bloomingdale’s to the galleries of SoHo. Here is a smart, often dark-humored novel of a young woman’s search for self.
From the Hardcover edition.
Having moved from her religious heartland colony to Times Square, seventeen-year-old Eve takes a job in a dingy after-hours bar run by a sinister boss, a situation that is complicated by her witness to a murder, her involvements with an artist and fatherly detective, and a marriage proposal. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
Seventeen-year-old Eve has recently arrived in New York City from a religious colony in the heartland, hoping to find herself amid the lights and noise and sea of anonymous faces that make up Manhattan. Now she works in a dingy after-hours bar in Times Square. After her shift ends, Eve roams the streets.
One night she witnesses what may be a murder. In the shadows of a building, a woman struggles with a man, then leaves him bleeding on the pavement. As Eve attempts to understand what she actually saw, she becomes involved with an up-and-coming artist; meets a peculiar, fatherlike detective; and contemplates a marriage proposal. Everyone seems to want something from Eve. Now if only she can figure out what, exactly, she has within her to give.
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