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Patchwork of Dreams: Voices from the Heart of the New America written by Sklar

 

Patchwork of Dreams: Voices from the Heart of the New America written by Sklar

Overview:

Stories, poems, essays, drama, photographs and interviews from the heart of the most ethnically diverse area in the United States and the world - the borough of Queens, New York City, where thirty-six percent of the population of two million is foreign born. These writings and photographs are from residents and former residents of Queens:. Mario Cuomo, Julia Alvarez, Bharati Mukherjee, Harvey Wang, Salimah Ali, Jaime Manrique, Clark Blaise, Ed DuRante, Barbara Unger, Audrey Gottlieb, Mohamad Bazzi, Thomas E. Kennedy, Daniel Schweikert, Maureen McCafferty, Hsiang-Shui Chen, Susan Montez, Corky Lee, Susan Orlean, A. J. Cipolla, and nineteen others.

A multicultural collection of stories, poems, essays, drama, and photographs by past and current residents of Queens, New York.

Synopsis:

Stories, poems, essays, drama, photographs and interviews from the heart of the most ethnically diverse area in the United States and the world - the borough of Queens, New York City, where thirty-six percent of the population of two million is foreign born. These writings and photographs are from residents and former residents of Queens:. Mario Cuomo, Julia Alvarez, Bharati Mukherjee, Harvey Wang, Salimah Ali, Jaime Manrique, Clark Blaise, Ed DuRante, Barbara Unger, Audrey Gottlieb, Mohamad Bazzi, Thomas E. Kennedy, Daniel Schweikert, Maureen McCafferty, Hsiang-Shui Chen, Susan Montez, Corky Lee, Susan Orlean, A. J. Cipolla, and nineteen others.

Publishers Weekly

Give this joyous compilation to anyone who questions the unique quality of America's ethnic diversity. Editors Sklar and Barbato (a PW contributing editor) joined forces to bring together works that reflect both ethnic and artistic diversity by focusing on the work of current and former residents of the borough of Queens. "Why Queens?" asks Barbato in the preface. "Because it is the most ethnically diverse area in the United States.... This book is a literary evocation of a place and a time." The poems, stories, photographs, a novel chapter, interviews and a scene from a play are beautifully arranged; like a skillful patchwork quilt, the colors and moods flow smoothly from entry to entry. It opens with a poignant poem by Joan Dobbie, which freezes in time her first three days as a new American citizen in 1948: "I was thin as a waif, just two and a half." It leads into "Danny's Girls," by Indian-born Bharati Mukherjee about a boy's infatuation with a beautiful Nepalese "princess." Most impressive is "Bliss Street," a short story by Thomas E. Kennedy, a simply heartbreaking rendition of two small boys and their parents' loveless union. Photographs of Queens people and places are interspersed throughout, adding contrast and immediacy. (Sept.)

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