At the recommendation of a very good friend, I bought this book right after we decided to leave the city. I read it every free second that I had. I read it on the train during commutes and immediately after Vera feel asleep each night. I can see that someone who was not in the exact frame of mind might not be as intensely engaged. Even my mom, who only lived in New York for a few months, picked it up and couldn’t stop reading it. The day before leaving the city, we had a mother-daughter coffee date and talked about the book. We both ended up crying in the coffee shop thinking about our New York experiences and how the city changed us.
The book is brilliantly put together and reveals several different scenarios of native New Yorkers, transplants, and even some writers that leave and return. I hope that one day I will take the time to put my own experiences into a short story. In the meantime, below are a few of the quotes that resonated most heavily with me: