Synopses & Reviews
Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about their lives and the topside” world theyve left behind.
"Ms. Toth is in the unenviable position of Coleridges's Ancient Mariner: She's a cursed witness who's obviously haunted, even tormented, by the faces, stories, and subterranean landscape she has vistied." New York Observer
"We come to trust her as our guide to this subterranean world. And what a world it is. After snaking with Toth over fences, into manholes, down rusty stairs, across planks and catwalks, and through fissures in cement walls, we enter what one police officer describes as 'a city beneath the streets.'" Los Angeles Times
“Toth pulls the reader into this netherworld. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
"A fascinating book." —A Bookish Affair
This book is about the thousands of people who live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels of New York City.
Explores the underground communities beneath New York City, examining the people that live there, the factors that influenced their decision to move below ground, and the sense of identity individuals find in this alternative world.
About the Author
Jennifer Toth is a journalist and the author of Orphans of the Living: Stories of America's Children in Foster Care and What Happened to Johnnie Jordan?: The Story of a Child Turning Violent.