Ignatious Gillard is not what he seems and neither is his building on the south side of Tompkins Square Park. His tenants don't know he's a rich fake orphan with a dream that will change their lives forever, and they don't know how much more they have in common than their address. With historical threads reaching from Texas to Saudi Arabia, Shapiro brings magic to the mundane as she weaves the past, present and future into a penetrating portrait of human nature.
When Nat was born, Eisenhower was being re-elected with Nixon as his vice president. Elvis was on the rise and Martin Luther King was leading black Americans against segregation. Fi-del Castro had landed in Cuba and on the radio you could hear “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Que Sera Sera.”
But where Nat was born, in Saudi Arabia, Elvis wasn’t on the radio a...