By Jill Ciment
It’s the summer season of 2015, Brooklyn. the town is sweltering from one other record-breaking warmth wave, this one observed by means of biblical rains. Edith, a lately retired felony librarian, and her exact dual sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who’s wrong her personal eccentricity for originality, notice whatever 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 advertisements for Ziberax (the first lady sexual enhancement tablet) than for her level paintings, discovers petite Russian woman, a runaway au pair, has been secretly dwelling in her visitor room closet. while the police arrest the intruder, they discover a moment mushroom, additionally sparkling, below the intruder’s bedding. quickly the HAZMAT squad arrives, and the 4 ladies are compelled to evacuate the tainted row condo with in basic terms the garments on their backs.
because the mould infestation spreads from row condo 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 ladies develop into stuck up in a centrifugal nightmare.
half horror tale, half screwball comedy, Jill Ciment’s remarkable suspense novel seems at what occurs whilst our lives—so doubtless set and ordered but so precariously balanced—break down within the wake of calamity. it really is, besides, a unique approximately love (familial and profound) and the way it could actually look from the main not likely circumstances.
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Act of God: A Novel by Jill Ciment