BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘Metropolis’ by B.A. Shapiro

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

Metropolis by B.A. Shapiro

Anyone who’s been to MIT or down Mass Avenue in Cambridge near it has noted the gigantic, hulking behemoth 140 room Metropolitan Storage Warehouse, built in 1894, and wondered about the mysteries within.

The local author (known for her novel “The Art Forger”) has written an imaginative story featuring five residents (not legal) and the office manager and owner.

There’s a wealthy, unhappy socialite, an attorney forced to resign from his  firm, a grad student refugee, and a street photographer. Each has their reasons for living at the Metropolis, and each lives in fear of discovery, as circumstances pull them together when a brutal accident threatens their safety.

The disparate stories are knitted well together as the reader enjoys the twists and turns. You don’t have to live in the area to enjoy the novel, but it helps!

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