If you take the elevator or stairs and stop off at each floor of The Mallory—a ten-story apartment building in lower Manhattan—you will experience 10 Stories as a collection of linked short stories. In the summer of 2001, the residents in The Mallory’s nine units—each comprising an entire floor—have little to connect them, other than the doorman who welcomes them home each day. The longtime neighbors are comfortably entrenched in their misconceptions about one another and consumed by their own stories. Among them: A grieving man struggles to come to terms with the death of his longtime partner, a successful divorce attorney faces the toxicity of his own marriage, the grandson of a minister questions his faith and a broadcast journalist strives to strike a balance between family and career.
When you reach the penthouse, a novel emerges. Summer has come to an end. A cataclysmic event will inextricably link the lives of everyone who lives and works in The Mallory, and ten lives will forever be transformed.