By Brian Platzer
Do the fitting Thing meets The Bonfire of the Vanities, during this “thrilling debut novel approximately marriage, gentrification, parenthood, race, and the damaging offers we make with ourselves” (Ann Packer, New York occasions bestselling writer) set over the process one cataclysmic day while riots erupt in a swiftly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood.
Aaron, a disgraced rabbi became Wall road banker, and Amelia, his journalist female friend, stay with their baby in Bedford-Stuyvesant, some of the most dynamic and traditionally risky neighborhoods in long island urban. The infusion of upwardly cellular execs into Bed-Stuy’s ancient brownstones belies the stress simmering at the streets less than. yet after a cop shoots a boy in a close-by park, clash escalates to rioting—with Aaron and his kin at its center.
Pulled into the riot’s vortex are Antoinette, religious nanny to Aaron and Amelia’s son; Jupiter, the one father who lives on their block together with his son, Derek; Daniel, Aaron’s unhinged tenant of their basement unit; and Sara, a sensible neighborhood woman, broiling with confusion and rage. because the day unfolds, those assorted characters are compelled to reckon with who they're and what actually issues to them.
With “the mordant wit of Franzen, the fantastic smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy” (Rafael Yglesias, writer of A satisfied Marriage), Platzer conjures a sharp-eyed, fast paced, and empathetically rendered narrative a few altering local and its citizens, as they fight to elevate teenagers, identify careers, and locate love, achievement, and that means. Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a window into an array of advanced lives and deftly wrestles with the main urgent problems with our time with unflinching concentration, knowledge, and hope.
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