Songs to New York
Watching The Wizard of Oz on television as a child, Brooklyn author Myrtle Brooks always called the Emerald City home. Here, in Songs to New York, her love affair with the Big Apple is depicted in ten literary fiction short stories about extraordinary events occurring to everyday people in the five boroughs. "The Sanctity of the Mails" observed in Heaven via the Brooklyn Post Office ... A Staten Island-raised engineer who escapes city living, only to find the city inside himself ... The unique bond between a little boy and an earthworm in the Bronx ... A mysterious floor in a Queens apartment building reachable through attainment alone.
The city comes to play in the lives of her people as do the people in the life of the city. In Songs to New York no line is drawn between the two. In the absence of cynicism, the stories show mankind at its best in the face of such adversities as poverty, drug addiction, psychotrauma, loss of loved ones and of perspective. The answers are positive and uplifting. Likewise, the city, too, is an entity who speaks for herself.
The characters from varying ethnic backgrounds and walks of life reflect the essence of New York and what she stands for: that you don’t have to be of any social status, position, race, or nationality to experience a miracle in the city of miracles.
About Myrtle Brooks (New York, New York Author)
As written beneath her yearbook photo, Class of 1970, the expressed lifetime goal of the author herein known as Myrtle Brooks, is "to realize the love present in everything."
Author of The Geyser Girl of Yellowstone Park and Songs to New York, she was born in Manhattan and spent her first two years in Jackson Heights, Queens, before moving upstate. The year 2018 marks the 27th anniversary of her return home to New York City.
When not at home in her beloved Brooklyn, N.Y., she may be found dancing with the big rigs on the interstate as she heads for national parks and places of quiet beauty.