Monday, August 27, 2012


Neighbors. Skeptics who think that there have been more than enough novels set in Manhattan should consider reading Karl Taro Greenfield’s take on this genre, his novel titled, Triburbia. Acute social observation in fiction works best when the audience is familiar with the species being described. The Tribeca neighborhood in which Greenfield lives seemed realistic enough be me, and the characters came across as authentic. The quirky presentation of a group of neighbors, linked by geography and the local elementary school, was often comic and frequently entertaining. None of the characters are sufficiently developed, and that’s probably perfect in the context of most neighborhoods: we know some things, but never everything. Fans of Manhattan and clever writing are those most likely to enjoy this book. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase Triburbia from

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