13 Stories.1

 

The residents of a thirteen-story apartment building in Greenwich Village show little interest in those who live above or below them. Their relationships with one another are, for the most part, superficial. Floor by floor, their real stories are told, each in a unique voice, among them a doorman who has spent half his life in service, a divorce attorney trapped in a toxic marriage, the grandson of a minister, questioning his faith and a broadcast journalist who values her friendship with her upstairs neighbors but envies their loving marriage. Set in August and September, 2001, the reader ascends, story by story, to the cataclysmic event that will become a turning point in each of their lives, and that will inextricably link them to one another.