By Jill Ciment

ISBN-10: 0307911705

ISBN-13: 9780307911704

Jill Ciment's books were hailed as "stunning," "powerful," and "provocative." Alice Sebold has referred to as her works "beautifully written." Now the writer of Heroic Measures ("Smart and humorous and entirely dazzling . . . I enjoyed each page." -Ann Patchett; "Brave, beneficiant, approximately perfect." -Los Angeles Times) has given us a latest noir novel that begins out a comedy of mistakes and turns darker at each hairpin turn.

It's the summer season of 2015, Brooklyn. the town is sweltering from one other record-breaking warmth wave, this one followed via biblical rains. Edith, a lately retired criminal librarian, and her exact dual sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who's unsuitable her personal eccentricity for originality, become aware of anything ominous of their corridor closet: it sort 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. whilst the police arrest the intruder, they discover a moment mushroom, additionally gleaming, lower than the intruder's bedding. quickly the HAZMAT squad arrives, and the 4 girls are compelled to evacuate the tainted row condo with merely the garments on their backs.

because the mildew infestation spreads from row apartment to high-rise, and worried, bewildered New Yorkers wait out this plague (is it an act of God?) on their urban and estate, the 4 girls turn into stuck up in a centrifugal nightmare.

half horror tale, half screwball comedy, Jill Ciment's tremendous suspense novel appears at what occurs whilst our lives-so likely set and ordered but so precariously balanced-break down within the wake of calamity. it truly is, in addition, a unique approximately love (familial and profound) and the way it may well look from the main not going conditions.

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