Morningside Heights Morningside Heights is the gentrifying Manhattan neighborhood where drifters from nearby Harlem pass Columbia professors on the streets, where family Thanksgivings often include an impromptu… Morningside Heights Morningside Heights is the gentrifying Manhattan neighborhood where drifters from nearby Harlem pass Columbia professors on the streets, where family Thanksgivings often include an impromptu… 2003-06-10 Fiction Random House
Book Review

Morningside Heights (2003)

Cheryl Mendelson, Morningside Heights | 'MORNING' GLORY ''Heights'' finds drama in the gentrification of a New York neighborhood
'MORNING' GLORY ''Heights'' finds drama in the gentrification of a New York neighborhood
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 10, 2003; Writer: Cheryl Mendelson; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Random House

Morningside Heights is the gentrifying Manhattan neighborhood where drifters from nearby Harlem pass Columbia professors on the streets, where family Thanksgivings often include an impromptu recital of Schubert lieder, and where psychoanalysis is a four-day-a-week commitment. It is, in other words, a sensational backdrop for Morningside Heights, a long, smart, soapy novel of manners, which is what Cheryl Mendelson -- philosophy professor, Harvard-trained lawyer, and author of the 1999 best-seller on keeping house, ''Home Comforts'' -- delivers in her fiction debut, the first in a projected three-book saga. Following a pair of married musicians (he's an opera singer, she's a lapsed pianist) as they and their four kids get priced out of the hood, ''Heights'' reads like ''Peyton Place'' for the supereducated.

Originally posted Jun 11, 2003 Published in issue #714 Jun 13, 2003 Order article reprints
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