ISE co-founder, longtime Director, and current Board member Dan Chodorkoff’s long-awaited and much-anticipated novel Loisaida (Fomite Press) is now available from Amazon. Please do also contact your local bookseller and request that they order Loisaida.
Here’s the novel’s description, as provided by Fomite Press:
Catherine, a young anarchist estranged from her parents and squatting in an abandoned building on New York’s Lower East Side is fighting with her boyfriend and conflicted about her work on an underground newspaper. After learning of a developer’s plans to demolish a community garden, Catherine builds an alliance with a group of Puerto Rican community activists. Together they confront the confluence of politics, money, and real estate that rule Manhattan. All the while she learns important lessons from her great-grandmother’s life in the Yiddish anarchist movement that flourished on the Lower East Side at the turn of the century.
In this coming of age story, family saga, and tale of urban politics, Dan Chodorkoff explores the “principle of hope”, and examines how memory and imagination inform social change.
Advance Praise for Loisaida
“Loisaida brings mid-twentieth century life in New York to readers with cinematic immediacy. Dan Chodorkoff’s remarkable ear for eavesdropping in on what Grace Paley called “cosmic dialogue of the streets,” and the way his sociological astuteness is present on every page, makes for an inimitable debut novel. Chodorkoff’s characters are –with all of their passionate politics,erotic craziness, unpredictable despair and joy, their big appetites for life — indispensable. Wonderfully animating the fundamental eccentricity of life and, page by page, full of passionate erudition, Loisaida is a indeed a powerful reading experience.”
—Howard Norman, author of The Bird Artist and Devotion
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