AUTHOR's BIOALICE HARRISON, an American of Austrian and British stock, is above all things a born and bred New Yorker. A graduate of Bryn Mawr, her school, high school and post college life were all spent in New York. Her proclivity for foreign languages is legion, speaking English, French, Russian and Spanish fluently with a liberal smattering of Chinese and German. She has put them to good use in three different vocations at the United Nations. They have accentuated her love for travel and she has explored widely on most continents including every country in Europe, big or small. She currently manages a UN Staff Fund for grass roots projects in developing countries. ANNOUNCEMENTS
FALL MEETUP ENGLISH CLASSES ON Mid-Manhattan held Monday nights 7:00 p.m. IBM ATRIUM, NYC
THE BLUSTERY WINDS OF FALL
ARE BLOWING SNUGGLE UNDER YOUR COVERS WITH A GOOD BOOK
Many readings have been held here at the United Nations
for Translators and Editors
Signing for UN Staff 1% for Development Fund
and a couple of quotes
The most interesting thing about New York is serendipity - the unexpected
Time is a serious business one cannot see or hear but it rules the length of our lives
The note from the Author published on the UN Intranet
Are you the quiet type? Don't say much? Well you just might have a novel lurking in you somewhere. Mine started when I decided to free up my Saturday mornings, before I did anything else, to write. Actually, that started in a New York moment. I passed the Center for Fiction and picked a book by Evelyn Waugh from outside . I got so hooked I read three more that summer and when I figured out that he took most of his inspiration from experience, I thought I could do the same. So I did.
Now, you wonder, how did I, the avid, diligent worker, keep myself from writing during office hours. Well, it was easy. We had open seating and I need absolutely full undistracted concentration to write. So I couldn't. I could think while walking on the street to work in the morning, that was it. In fact, my work, language referencing, is very detailed. It inspired me to write in only one way, as its antithesis. Remembering details in my past was a similar challenge,... however, in the processes it required. I bet you want to know more about my short life as a writer, so diametrically opposed to what I do on the job. (Except of course for when I entered in the St. Jerome translation contest and won a prize.) It has many aspects I could not have guessed when I got involved.
Writing itself is wonderful, even though I only just discovered it. The only thing I had ever penned before my novel was some poems. So how did I choose what to write about? I chose Mid-Manhattan, a reflection of my experience, since I was born here. I had to choose a cover for the book, in fact, after a tip from an author I met over breakfast in Ireland, to self-publish the whole thing. But that difficulty was only computer-related.
Thereafter, I also became responsible for promoting the book with nothing to guide me but my own imagination. Of course there is room for many parties, readings, signings etc. You are well advised to have good friends, some of my best friends are my graphic designer from Lincoln Center and the soon to retire Head of the English Translation Service. Good nerves are in order for those days the numbers just don’t go up. It took me a long while to stop being addicted to checking. Still, I urge you to write, and to
Mid-Manhattan is the story of Jerry and Amanda who meet there, at a concert on the lawn in Central Park through the accident of a spilt bottle of wine. Their futures are entwined forever after. He is an artist in scientist’s clothes and she an English teacher and food critic on the side. The story unravels around the special, but largely unobserved, events that happen every day in Mid-Manhattan. It is paralleled by that of Jerry’s sister Lisa and her French boyfriend.
Moreover it is punctuated with paragraphs called philosophies that separate the chapters and reflect personal thoughts of the author on as many topics as there are different aspects to the story. The author has thus created a new genre in novel recounting. It is gentle and soothing, quite the opposite of current novels, with their need for the action and violence of computer games. It is reminiscent of the best of 19th century novels, where human relationships were the essence of story telling.
Mid-Manhattan is both the backdrop and the basis for the book. All manner of places in New York are examined, from Fifth Avenue shop windows to the Metropolitan Museum. As such the book is attractive to both residents and foreigners alike, who want a taste of what they thought unattainable, but now know where to look for it.
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On Amazon: What a charming tale - Alice captured the characters in all
their Manhattan characteristics! I highly recommend this story! You will not be
from Ros Murphy: I'm really enjoying my journey through New York with dear Jerry and Amanda. Thank you for introducing them to me! It's great to hear so much about all the lesser heard of places and to fondly remember the places we have been to as well. I like your thoughts as well. It does set off a chain of reflections!
Well done! It's a great read!
from Michael Cassandra: I loved your book...the word used by Chuck was effervescent and I would agree, bubbly and warm and romantic. It takes the harshness out of hard brick and steel walls that permeate the center of town, like breathing the fresh air of a waterfall and garden in the middle of midtown block.
from Mike Mehary
: Just finished reading Mid-Manhattan - loved it. What a great way to find out what New York can really be about. The book inspired my family's inaugural visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art - what a great place !! Can't believe I've never been there before. I loved the veiled, then not so veiled, references to the hash. Have a great Thanksgiving and as the book ends - On On.