Author(s): Karl Taro Greenfeld
With an unflinching eye, Triburbia explores Tribeca, Manhattan, a neighbourhood synonymous with western affluence, in which an artists' community has been overrun by the faux-bohemian haunts of those made staggeringly wealthy by the world of finance. Thrown together by circumstance, a group of fathers - a sound engineer, a sculptor, a film producer, a writer, a career criminal - meet each morning at a local cafe after the school run. Over the course of a single year, we learn about their dreams deferred, their secrets and mishaps, their passions and hopes, as they confront terrible truths about ambition, wealth and sex.
Seen through the eyes of these men and the women with whom they share their lives, Triburbia shows that our choices and their repercussions not only define us, but irrevocably alter the lives of those we love. Wonderfully layered and complex, the chapters of the novel are arranged like puzzle pieces, snippets of individual stories that fit perfectly together. Triburbia creates a powerful portrait of a group of unlikely friends and a neighborhood in transition.
Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of five previous books, including the much-acclaimed memoir Boy Alone, about his autistic brother. Greenfeld's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, American Short Fiction, The PEN/O Henry Prize Stories, The Missouri Review, One Story, Commentary, The Southern Review and The Sun. A veteran editor and writer for The Nation, TIME and Sports Illustrated, Karl has also been a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, GQ, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, Playboy, Men's Journal, The Washington Post, Outside, Wired, Details and Salon. Born in Kobe, Japan, Karl has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Tribeca.