For fans of Meg Wolitzer
and Allegra Goodman, an intimate and provocative novel about three couples
whose paths intersect in their New York City neighborhood, forcing them all to
weigh the comfort of stability against the costs of change
Nina is a harried young
mother who spends her evenings spying on the older couple across the street
through her son’s Fisher-Price binoculars. She is drawn to their quiet
contentment—reading on the couch, massaging each other’s feet—so unlike her own
lonely, chaotic world of nursing and soothing and simply getting by. One night,
through that same window, she spies a young couple in the throes of passion.
Who are these people, and what happened to her symbol of domestic bliss?
In the coming weeks, Nina
encounters the older couple, Leon and Claudia, their daughter Emma and her
fiancé, 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: twentysomethings unsure about commitments they haven’t yet made;
thirtysomethings unsure about the ones they have; and sixtysomethings 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. Download and start listening now!