(From the publisher):
Clarinetist Ike Morphy, his dog Herbie Mann, and a pair of pigeons who roost on his air conditioner are about to be evicted from their apartment on West 106th Street, also known as Duke Ellington Boulevard. Ike never had a lease, just a handshake agreement with the recently deceased landlord; and now that landlord’s son stands to make a killing on Apt. 2B.
Centering on the fate of one apartment during the height of New York’s real-estate boom, Ellington Boulevard’s characters include: the Tenant and his Dog; the Landlord; the Broker, an out-of-work actor (whose new profession finally allows him to afford theater tickets); the Broker’s new Boyfriend, who composes a musical about the sale of 2B—“I’m so single/can’t commingle/I have no covenant or trust./Is there no one I can lien on if this boom goes bust?” There’s also the Buyer, a trusting young editor at a dying cultural magazine, who falls in love with the Tenant; the Buyer’s Husband, a disaffected graduate student; and the Buyer’s Husband’s Girlfriend, a children’s book writer with a tragic past.
Original title: Ellington Boulevard: A Novel in A-Flat
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Urban / Big City Life