With biting humor and a firm sense of place, Albert (The Second Story Man) evokes a scene that was both exciting and dangerous: the New York bohemian subculture in the early 1960s. Archeology student Helene Elphrick desperately wants to shed both her controlling Jewish parents and her middle-class morality. Lonely and vulnerable, she is an easy mark for Zalman Finster, a Hasidic rabbi turned artist who introduces the giddy young woman to the avant-garde cultural scene and to a wide variety of mood-altering drugs. With sharply perceptive writing that catches the essence of provocative characters, the author takes Helene through the wildly energetic bohemian counterculture of the day.
Mimi gives an overview of the book:
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently live at the other coast of the continent, in Oakland, California. The journey from there to here took me halfway around the world, through Europe and India, where I lived in the Himalayas and studied meditation with a great...