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 Homer & Langley

by E. L. Doctorow

"Doctorow creates a microcosmic and mythic tale of compulsion, alienation, and dark metamorphosis inspired by the famously eccentric Collyer brothers of New York City. Born to wealth in the 1880s, Homer and Langley became recluses and hoarders barricaded inside their Fifth Avenue brownstone, which was crammed with more than 100 tons of moldering junk. Altering facts and tinkering with time, Doctorow ... presents an ingenious, haunting odyssey that unfolds within a labyrinth built out of detritus of war and excess." -- Publishers Weekly