Off and on between 1942 and 1947, Charles Bukowski, poet laureate of the slums, resided in Philly. During this time, he worked several odd jobs, spent 17 days in Moyamensing Prison for draft evasion and got very drunk (obviously).
Thanks to Facebook friends and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society for directing me to local writer Gregory Frost’s dystopian adventure, set in an unspecified future Philadelphia that has split (even more) in two.
While depicting Jane’s otherwise obscure life, Lepore leverages Jane and Ben’s long correspondence for a refreshing view of an over-examined life. But she doesn’t dwell on the more celebrated of the siblings, telling the story of the good rather than the great.