Metropolis: The City in Literature
Often, the setting of the book can be as much a character as the people in it. In these three books, three very different cities—Bogota under Escobar’s reign, contemporary New York City, and Weimar-era Berlin—set the scene and help define the stories. Fruit of the Drunken Tree, the debut novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, presents the unlikely friendship between a young girl and a teenage maid in Colombia at the height of Pablo Escobar’s violent reign. The nine stories of Jamel Brinkley’s A Lucky Man, longlisted for the National Book Award, feature fathers and sons attempting to salvage relationships and confront their past mistakes as they live on the edges of Brooklyn and the Bronx. And Jason Lutes epic, twenty years in the making graphic novel trilogy concludes with Berlin, viewing the transformation of the city from a liberal metropolis to a fascist stronghold through the lives of ordinary people in the period between the two world wars. Moderated by Rob Spillman, author of All Tomorrow’s Parties.