For years I have wanted to read John Crowley's novel Little, Big based on Harold Bloom having written that it is "the most enchanting twentieth century book I know." Finally I bought it a couple weeks ago at St. Mark's Books, and the most enchanting thing just happened, children. The main character moves to Manhattan and:
"He had a room in a building that had once been the rectory of the very old church that stood revered and vandalized behind it. From his window he could see the churchyard where men with Dutch names turned comfortably in their beds...."
The main character, Smoky Barnable, lives in our very home, mon dieu! It was God called me here, children of the Staircase!!
"John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder."
Above, St, Mark's Rectory and cemetery garden statue of Dutch Governor of Manhattan Peter Stuyvesant.