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Manhattan Meltdown
Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Fall 2021
100 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771836753
ISBN10: 177183675X
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US

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Two men, no longer young, and friends from childhood, fly to NYC--each with a secret purpose unknown to the other. They arrive just as COVID-19 explodes across the city's 5 boroughs. One of the men (white) has come to Manhattan to confront a theater producer who has made a coercive offer to his wife. The other man (Black, former All-American football star) plans to confront and take revenge on his white girlfriend from college days--who left him for a white man. As they pursue their goals they are caught up in the hunt for America's most famous criminal. The Black man, seeking revenge, makes a surprising turn. The white man, who has taken his confrontation with the theater producer to criminal length, may never leave Manhattan to return to his family. Manhattan Meltdown introduces a series of inter-connected characters who, even as their lives are impacted by lethal disease, must continue to struggle with more conventional personal crises: uterine cancer, imperiled romantic relationships, and the deteriorations of advancing old age.

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