Meanwhile on a Roof in Chinatown

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MEANWHILE ON A ROOF IN CHINATOWN--in the early 1990s, Alice, a middle-aged Swedish professor, stuffs her husband’s ties into the dishwasher and leaves their pleasant suburban villa outside of Stockholm, suitcase in hand, on a blind exodus towards a city she knows only from glossy travel brochures. Meanwhile, her daughter Babylonia is perched on the roof of her shabby Chinatown apartment, agonizing over how how to break up with her depressive Hungarian boyfriend. Alice manages to get locked out on the roof of her daughter's apartment without keys or money. This begins a picaresque journey, where she descends into an alternative Manhattan of after-hours clubs, gangsters, booze and roulette. Throughout her 48-hour odyssey, she engages with a quirky assortment of strangers, including the mysterious Charles. To find her way back to familiar ground is at first unmanageable and then, perhaps. not so desirable as she first thought. Alice can surprise as well as be surprised, and this story charms and beguiles with its feel for a New York of the not-so-distant past, a shabby, crazy and sometimes romantic city.

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INGRID RUDEFORS was raised in Stockholm, but left for New York as soon as she finished high school. A veteran of the downtown club scene, she worked in film production for many years in New York. On returning to Sweden to raise her daughter, she continued her film career and has written and directed several award-winning short films, as well as three feature length screenplays, with support from the Swedish Film Institute. She served for eight years as the Film Commissioner in Stockholm and now lives in Manhattan again.

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"This wonderful tale unfolds in a New York that differs from the one we see in fancy travel logs. This is a dirty, worn city peppered with small bars, sewing sweatshops, mafia bosses and retired transvestites. The story is both fun and fast-paced, yet underlining it all are the great, anguished questions: How do we wind up where we wind up? Don't things get any better than this?" Literature Magasinet [review of Swedish edition] "Rudefors writes Alice as a sort of female, middle-aged Holden Caulfield--the disorientated drone in JD Salinger's seminal The Catcher in the Rye--only sixty years later and in an ornate Chinatown." Helsingborgs Dagblad[review of Swedish edition] "This fast-paced story will make you laugh. You simply do not want it to end. " Bibliotekstjänsts[The Swedish Library Service Review, review of Swedish edition]

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