If Crash (movie) were a book about artists in NYC during 1980 and had a happier ending.
The story follows quite a few characters whose lives intersect in an area of New York City before it was cleaned up and artists were able to find cheap places to work their magic and create. The main character is an artist named Raul Engales and his rise and fall as one of the noted artists that brought about Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat Raul is posed to be the “it” star when he catches the eye of the Times’ art critic, James, who can make or break a career. James has Synesthesia and emotions appear to him as colors. When his pregnant wife, Marge, is knocked down at a New Year’s Eve party, the colors disappear and with it his ability to write. Lucy has moved from Idaho to live her life to the fullest, meaning she wants to hook up with an artist and it doesn’t seem to matter which one.
All of these characters and their subplots come together with a mass of ‘missed connections” that suddenly become cohesive and relevant in each other’s lives. When I first started reading this, I was very intrigued and fascinated with the world the author created but parts of it were a bit slow and I did lose interest. The story is somewhat depressing and the only thing that brought me out of the funk I was left in is that the author’s writing skill shows remarkable word play. I really would like to read more by this author in the future.