By Jill Ciment
It’s the summer time of 2015, Brooklyn. the town is sweltering from one other record-breaking warmth wave, this one followed by means of biblical rains. Edith, a lately retired felony librarian, and her exact dual sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who’s improper her personal eccentricity for originality, realize anything ominous of their corridor closet: it kind of feels to be phosphorescent, it’s a mushroom . . . and it’s sprouting from their wall.
Upstairs, their landlady, Vida Cebu, a Shakespearian actress way more well-known for her television ads for Ziberax (the first lady sexual enhancement tablet) than for her level paintings, discovers petite Russian lady, a runaway au pair, has been secretly residing in her visitor room closet. whilst the police arrest the intruder, they discover a moment mushroom, additionally gleaming, less than the intruder’s bedding. quickly the HAZMAT squad arrives, and the 4 ladies are pressured to evacuate the tainted row condominium with basically the garments on their backs.
because the mildew infestation spreads from row residence to high-rise, and apprehensive, bewildered New Yorkers wait out this plague (is it an act of God?) on their urban and estate, the 4 girls develop into stuck up in a centrifugal nightmare.
half horror tale, half screwball comedy, Jill Ciment’s great suspense novel seems at what occurs while our lives—so doubtless set and ordered but so precariously balanced—break down within the wake of calamity. it's, besides, a singular approximately love (familial and profound) and the way it may well look from the main not going circumstances.
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Act of God: A Novel by Jill Ciment