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Its 1990, and New York City is in shambles: unemployment reigns, crack wars rage, and whole neighborhoods burn as delinquent landlords cash in. Struggling to come to terms with his fathers death, paramedic and photographer Frank Verbeckas descends into the chaos and misery of upper Manhattan, taking photographs of the ill, the wounded, the dying, and the down-and-out. Accompanying him on his wanderings are his loudmouthed partner, Burnett; his best friend, Hock, who boosts drugs from the hospital; and his brother, Norman, a surgeon who cant understand why Frank is in such pain. Franks ruin seems inevitable, but when he meets Emily, a professional fencer whose days are numbered by a fatal illness, his world changes. Against everyones advice, Frank and Emily fall in love. Together, they try to find a way out of the murk of guilt and sadness and learn to draw meaning and beauty from despair.

In short, cinematic scenes, with not a word wasted and nothing told that can be shown, Shannon Burke leads us on a powerful journey through the darkest precincts of the street and of the soul. Honest, terse, and enormously moving, Safelight is a debut of remarkable depth, a stunning, clear-eyed, and sympathetic portrait of American life and death-a love story not for the faint of heart.

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In this dark, tender debut, Frank Verbeckas is a young paramedic patrolling the mean streets of Manhattan seeking clarity through a camera lens that he lacks in real life. His doomed relationship with Emily Pascal, a fencer infected with HIV, finally shakes him out of his detachment.

About the Author

SHANNON BURKE is a novelist and screenwriter. Before moving to his current home in Knoxville, he worked as a paramedic in Harlem and lived in Chicago; Chapel Hill; New Orleans; Los Angeles; Prescott, Arizona; Bryan, Texas; and Mexico. Safelight is his first novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812971743
Author:
Burke, Shannon
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Harlem (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.5 in 0.35 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this dark, tender debut, Frank Verbeckas is a young paramedic patrolling the mean streets of Manhattan seeking clarity through a camera lens that he lacks in real life. His doomed relationship with Emily Pascal, a fencer infected with HIV, finally shakes him out of his detachment.
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