Tale of 2cities
An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks (Native Agents)
In this second living novel by Heather Woodbury, 50 years of New York and Los Angeles history collide in a live mix spun by Manny, a young DJ, in his dead grandmother's Echo Park apartment. Flashing back to 1957, when Brooklyn lost its home-team and LA's Chavez Ravine was razed to build the Dodgers a new stadium, Woodbury enacts a's ance among three generations of interwoven characters on both coasts whose lives were changed forever by this single act of urban redevelopment. Writing about a performance of 2Cities in Time Out, David Cote says: Think of the expansive social criticism of John Dos Passos's USA tempered by the loopy humanity of Lily Tomlin. Using her trademark meta-mix of voices, Woodbury links psychic devastation of Brooklyn fans after the desertion of the Dodgers with the fate of Chavez Ravine, where Mexican Americans in a thriving community were forced to sell their homes to make room for the new stadium. Toggling between 1957 and the present, 2Cities swoops through cities and the minds of a miniseries-worth of major and minor characters. From the rise of Senator Joseph McCarthy to the fall of the Twin Towers, 2Cities channels a lost universe of lives otherwise erased, in a style that owes as much to DJ Shadow as it does to John Steinbeck.
Semiotext(e), 9781584350378, 215pp.
Publication Date: September 22, 2006