Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York
“The couples in this book hail from across America and the world. Most don’t live in New York City. Some never did. What mattered to me was that they met there, in one of its iconic public places. Each of the nine stories begins just before that chance meeting—when they are strangers, oblivious to how, in moments, their lives will irrevocably change.”
—from the Introduction
Now, I've veered far from those romantic ideals I had as a young girl and the "love stories" you find in a lot of fiction. I feel like, despite being in a very happy marriage, that I'm far too cynical to enjoy ...more
True stories of (happily) married couples who met at various famous landmarks in New York City, inspired by the author's parents, who met in Washington Square Park. I started out completely charmed by this book, I loved the idea of relationships that never would have happened if it weren't for the specific PLACE, and I loved the first relationship. But then I found myself less fond of the second (or was it third?) couple, and I became frustrated with the stories, I wanted more ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The author, struck by the role of Washington Square Park in his own parents' unlikely pairing, sought out stories across the decades of couples who met at NY landmarks like Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum. The result is quirky and charming. I thought the premise was adorable, the stories were interesting, and t ...more
There are nine stories in this book, and I fell in love with two stories. I liked how all nine stories had a different feel and voice. I would've never guessed that it was all written by the same author.
Overall, I loved it. Granted, some stories I liked more than others, but thought the author did a really good job of finding interesting couples who met in NYC over a period of several decades and in a variety of public places and circumstances.
Like the real-life individuals in this book who met by accident, I found this book by accident, and was glad I did.
I even liked the very technical, and bit too-long prologue in the ...more
The introduction about what factors help promote a friendly public space and what ones don't was very interesting. You know a great spot in the city when you see it but what makes you feel that?
The actual stories weren't all winners. It seems it's hard to add drama and suspense to "we met, we fell in love, we married".
The follow-up on the couples after they married was fun howe ...more
Some of the stories I thought were really good and others were sappy. I read the introduction AFTER the stories, at which point the theory was more interesting.