Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York
Da Capo Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
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The handsome Texas sailor who offers dinner to a runaway in
Central Park. The Midwestern college girl who stops a cop in
Times Square for restaurant advice. The Brooklyn man on a
midnight subway who helps a weary tourist find her way to
Chinatown. The Columbia University graduate student who
encounters an unexpected object of beauty at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. A public place in the world's
greatest city. A chance meeting of strangers. A marriage.
Heart of the City tells the remarkable true stories of nine
ordinary couples--from the 1940s to the present--whose
matchmaker was the City of New York. Intrigued by the
romance of his own parents, who met in Washington Square
Park, award-winning author Ariel Sabar set off on a
far-ranging search for other couples who married after first
meeting in one of New York City's iconic public spaces.
Sabar conjures their big-city love stories in novel-like
detail, drawing us into the hearts of strangers just as
their lives are about to change forever. In setting the
stage for these surprising, funny and moving tales, Sabar,
winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, offers a
fascinating look at the role of place in how--and
whether--people meet and fall in love. Heart of the City is
a paean to the physical city as matchmaker, a tribute to the
power of chance, and an eloquent reminder of why we must
care about the design of urban spaces.
"The couples in this book hail from across America and the
world. Most don't live in New York City. Some never did.
What mattered to me was that they met there, in one of its
iconic public places. Each of the nine stories begins just
before that chance meeting--when they are strangers,
oblivious to how, in moments, their lives will irrevocably
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