By Tova Mirvis
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780544047747, 249pp.)
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
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In the coming weeks, Nina encounters the older couple, Leon and Claudia, their daughter Emma and her fiance, and many others on the streets of her Upper West Side neighborhood, eroding the safe distance of her secret vigils. Soon anonymity gives way to different and sometimes dangerous forms of intimacy, and Nina and her neighbors each begin to question their own paths.
With enormous empathy and a keen observational eye, Tova Mirvis introduces a constellation of characters we all know: twenty-somethings unsure about commitments they haven t yet made; thirty-somethings unsure about the ones they have; and sixty-somethings whose empty nest causes all sorts of doubt. "Visible City" invites us to examine those all-important forks in the road, and the conflict between desire and loyalty.
- “At night, Nina went outside and looked at the houses beyond the fence. From here it was hard to know what really went on in people’s lives ” (p. 135). Nina has a history of curiosity. What draws her to other people’s stories? Do you think this type of curiosity will continue?