- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (22 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 198264463X
- ISBN-13: 978-1982644635
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 14.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
- Customer Reviews: 16 customer ratings
Restoration Heights Audio CD – Audiobook, 22 January 2019
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Restoration Heights dramatizes the conflicts, resentments, and hatreds that hipsters provoke when they displace people of color from their communities. Medearis' honest look at issues of race, money, and class is especially relevant at this moment in history when so much of the world threatens to erupt into flames.-- "Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank"
A compelling read.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
A portrait of contemporary New York that would have Jay McInerney green with envy. New York has a new noir poet in Wil Medearis.-- "Ken Bruen, author of The Guards"
A sly, nimble mystery. Real estate is to the Brooklyn of Restoration Heights what water is to the LA of Chinatown: the nexus of public corruption and private perversity.-- "Jake Lamar, author of Rendezvous Eighteenth"
An atmospheric and poetic noir debut. Wil Medearis paints a vivid portrait of the changing face of New York City while crafting a compelling old-school mystery.-- "Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author"
An instant New York fiction classic, exuding dark poetry from a lyrical narrative populated by well-defined characters in carefully, or, shall we say, artistically, arranged settings.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Smart and evocative...Medearis' novel adeptly explores white privilege, racism, the demands of creating art, and how members of all socioeconomic classes close ranks when it comes to protecting their own.-- "Publishers Weekly"
About the Author
Wil Medearis holds an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. His artwork has been featured in galleries in Richmond, Philadelphia, and Manhattan's Lower East Side. He lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Restoration Heights is his first novel.
Angelo Di Loreto is a versatile audiobook narrator and voice actor from Buffalo, New York, based in New York City. He has narrated titles for Audible Studios, Tantor Media, and an extensive body of self-produced work for ACX. As an actor, he has worked in various productions with the St. Joseph Academy Theater Company for the past few years and has studied and worked with voice-over and acting coaches such as Marla Kirban and Jayme Mattler. In addition to acting, Angelo is an accomplished pianist and composer, and regularly tours with his various projects.
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I also like his take on art and artists. I think maybe he has a second novel that expands on Reddick’s talent for caring through art.
His depiction of places and people and activities in New York seemed right on the button, though I admit to a life totally west of the Mississippi.
This author has what it takes to be a chronicler for this age.
Writing about his adopted neighborhood, Wil Medearis paints a story with an earnestness that can't be faked.
Something everyone living in Brooklyn must pick up!!
Reddick is passionate about basketball and living his life in general, and less passionate about his art. He works for a company that hangs art in the homes of New York's wealthiest connoisseurs in order to pay his rent. The wealthy are not like Reddick and his friends! Reddick is friends with everyone in his mixed-race neighborhood and although he's nearly 30, he lives by a moral code and still has an adolescent boy's notion of honor and retribution.
His code could be what drives him to jeopardize his job, and set his work aside to find a young woman who has is missing; possibly murdered. He's passionate about finding out what became of her and lets his artist's imagination run wild as he scours the neighborhood, entering construction sites and apartments during his search. Eventually, his assumptions lead him into dangerous territory.
This is brilliantly written with a cast of interesting characters and truthful dialogue. A real page turner!
The man's quest takes place in an increasingly complicated context that involves dodgy financial dealings among some of New York's wealthier families and the aggressive gentrification of the city's outer borough's.
The novel has some intriguing elements, but I found it difficult to decipher at times, particularly when the protagonist was in dialogue with friends who were fiercely opposed his pursuit of the missing woman. As good as premise is, this could have been a better novel with some tightening of dialogue and more clarification of some character relationships.
The next day, coincidentally, when Reddick arrives at the apartment of a client, the Seward family, a wealthy family in the city, he overhears a conversation and realizes that the young woman he saw is named Hannah and was the fiancee of his client. Oddly, he's pulled into the girl's disappearance by yet another wealthy family who wants answers. What has happened to Hannah and why does one family not want the police involved yet another family is wanting answers?
This is a debut novel that I'd have to say was part mystery, part psych thriller. I thought the whole plot line setup was a bit too convenient, but yet, it's the kind of story that would make for a lively group discussion. I do think it could have benefited from some deeper character development - overall an okay read.
Reddick is a white man who exists in a black world. He is also one of the many struggling artists, all trying to make it in the New York art scene. These artists exist in a tangential world where they rely on proximity to encourage the big break. Reddick works for an art installation firm and the latest assignment is in the home of one of the richest families in the world. There he learns that the son's fiancé has gone missing, and is surprised
to see that she is a woman whom he saw at a raucous party in his building in Brooklyn. She was drunk, disoriented, and now it appears, the victim of foul play.
A controversial housing project that will change and further gentrify yet another Brooklyn neighborhood, a shady woman crime boss, the close knit community of more than casual ballers (including a NYPD detective and an investment banker, both of whom assist Reddick in his knight errant's quest), and the world of the ultra-rich all blend together in this wonderful first novel.
A girl goes missing in New York. The clincher? Nobody seems very interested in searching and finding her except for Reddick.
Reddick is an artist, but lazy. He would rather do work for others such as hanging and moving paintings for the rich. He would also rather play basketball. Until he meets Hannah...the missing woman.
Then his life takes on a new motive. Seems he was perhaps the last person to see Hannah. Now, he is determined to find out where she is, what happened to her, where she went, and why. He takes this to heart and runs into some very dangerous territories and situations.
Does he find Hannah? Why are others not interested in searching for her? And why is Reddick so interested?
This was a good book...for me, a three star rating is a good rating. While I liked the book, I didn't love the book. For me personally, this book seems more geared towards men - if that makes any sense! However, I did love Reddick, his determination, his spunk, and his never-ending quest to find Hannah.
Author Wil Medearis has a way with words and can write. He makes his characters alive and the plot is fast-paced. His writing reminds me of Charlie Huston -- and that is a compliment.
The setup is simple. An aspiring artist who’s lost his drive to succeed in the art business has a chance encounter with a woman. Her behavior during and departure from the encounter struck the artist as worrisome. Later, after telling his friends about his meeting, he found himself chided by them. As a whole, they felt he should have been aggressive in determining if her exiting the encounter resulted in danger or even death to her. So he sets out to find the woman or, failing that, her fate. The body of the book is that quest along with a good deal of localized background discussing life in New York City with its racial tensions seemingly cherished by the residents who persistently fan the flames of mutual resentment.
Along the way we get a good deal of discussion of what’s it like to be on the outskirts of success in the fine art world, a view of how the hyper-wealthy of our urban areas live and an increasingly tense setting as the protagonist burrows his way deeper and deeper into the criminal underworld. There’s also an underlying and extremely well-done discussion of the effects and desirability of gentrification.
I won’t even hint at a spoiler so will end this review with a ringing endorsement of the novel and admiration for the author who produced this effort. I eagerly look forward to the author’s next.
The commentary of the downside of gentrification is very real, though hardly new. "Rent" went there decades ago.
Enjoyable enough to read, but not something I will be pushing into the hands of friends.
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. The book was well-developed and intriguing.