The main character in the book wanders around the city documenting what he sees, which Cole expresses in a free-flowing style of prose which he says is representative of an, “extended piece of music.” He also notes that despite now being a resident of the city, growing up in Nigeria gave him the, “foolish bravery of an outsider,” that allowed him to assess New York and its history from a different perspective than a born-and-raised New Yorker could. In his writing, Cole makes visceral connections between people and their surroundings and gives readers new insight into the world around them. As articulate on stage as he is on the page, Cole presents a moving look at society and the way we connect with the places we live.
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