“Many readers have asked me for advice about where to go, where to find the authentic, the essential New York. This is the story of my personal journey.” Elvira Lindo
In these pages, Elvira Lindo visits places in New York that have something special: some are the settings for personal experiences, others known from literature or films belong to our collective imagination. Starting with a conversation with a stranger in Queens who has no idea who she is, Elvira Lindo offers a portrait of herself as she discovers hidden corners of New York. In doing so, she reveals to us the essence of some places that can be found on the map in the Big Apple, and others that exist only in her heart.
“This book is a trap for me: I talk about places I wouldn’t like to share with anyone, because they form part of my daily life; it is not a tourist guide, but as we all know, just like the gossip who can’t help telling a secret, writers always fall into the trap of describing their lives.”
Elvira Lindo has a style of her own, a narrative voice as literary as it is sympathetic, direct as it is intimate, refreshingly free of plodding rhetoric. Her prose harmonizes the familiar and touching with personality and a profound talent for describing the world around her. Her voice permeates this book, revealing to us secret corners, bars, restaurants, parks, bakeries, sunsets, locations from films, all of them possessed of something of the essence of New York.