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+ Available in PDF format for reading on your computer - see bottom of page.___________________________________________________________Climbing Toward November
by Ember Manos-Belle
A divorce, a bout with psychosis and unemployment might find the average person standing by an open window, dangerously close to jumping.
But Brigit is stubborn. Fleeing the ghosts of her once comfortable life, she travels and takes time to regroup in the unlikely environment of an obscure sublet on the border of the South Bronx. Here, her Irish-American roots clash comically with the diverse ethnic population of this working class, immigrant neighborhood.
Sex, drugs, friendship, love, divorce and the unique difficulties of the mentally ill are all themes of this brief story.
Brigit comes to terms with the heart of the Bronx, and the bittersweet hand life has dealt her.
(2009, paperback, 68 pages)