Judith Matloff is a foreign correspondent, who after years of covering violence in other countries, decides to live surrounded by it in West Harlem, a center of drug trade and racial tensions.But her new home is also rich in history and culture, and she begins to understand that it might not be a bad place to settle down after all. She and her husband begin to restore a house, learn about Dominicans and start a family.
Matloff writes like a journalist--a good one--with concise sentences that lack no punch or element of description. She works humor, poignancy and deep thoughts about life throughout the book without ever seeming sanctimonious.
She is fair to her family, friends and neighbors--portraying the characters as complicated and fascinating as they are in real life.
Having a background in journalism myself, I was enchanted with Matloff's story and her writing style. She reminded me to look beneath the surface of houses, neighborhoods, books and, most importantly, other people.
Nice reminder here at Thanksgiving. I hope YOU have a happy one.