Hanover Square Press
On Sale: January 22, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Literature and Fiction | Fiction
A debut novel about a young artist, a missing woman,
and the tendrils of wealth and power that link the art scene
in Brooklyn to Manhattan’s elite, for fans of Jonathan
Lethem and Richard Price
Reddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant,
a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood besieged by
gentrification. He makes rent as an art handler, hanging
expensive works for Manhattan’s one percent, and spends his
free time playing basketball at the local Y rather than
putting energy into his stagnating career. He is also the
last person to see Hannah before she disappears.
When Hannah’s fiancé, scion to an old-money Upper East Side
family, refuses to call the police, Reddick sets out to
learn for himself what happened to her. The search gives him
a sense of purpose, pulling him through a dramatic cross
section of the city he never knew existed. The truth of
Hannah’s fate is buried at the heart of a many-layered
mystery that, in its unraveling, shakes Reddick’s
convictions and lays bare the complicated machinations of
money and power that connect the magisterial town houses of
the Upper East Side to the unassuming brownstones of Bed-Stuy.
Restoration Heights is both a page-turning mystery
and an in-depth study of the psychological fallout and deep
racial tensions that result from economic inequality and
unrestricted urban development. In lyrical, addictive prose,
Wil Medearis asks the question: In a city that prides itself
on its diversity and inclusivity, who has the final say over
the future? Is it long-standing residents, recent
transplants or whoever happens to have the most money?
Timely, thought-provoking and sweeping in vision,
Restoration Heights is an exhilarating new entry in
the canon of great Brooklyn novels.
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