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Ariel Sabar's "Heart of the City"


Finding one's "bashert" has long been the subject matter of many literary works. Following the success of his first book “My Father’s Paradise,” a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, and favorite of book club readers, Ariel Sabar has captured the romance of finding one's true love by chance in a public space. In his latest literary endeavor, “Heart of the City,” Sabar charmingly relays how not only his parents met by happenstance, but others as well.

Public spaces proved to be the matchmaker for couples such as: a World War II soldier and a lost young woman, young musicians heading for the subway and a couple who escape the gloom of a winter day only to find refuge and romance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A rare treat, this new engaging work sparks not only one's fondest memories of a new romance but of iconic public spaces in New York. Who hasn't imagined meeting "Mister (or Ms.) Right” in Central Park or at the top of the Empire State building?

Join in Ariel Sabar's journey as he illustrates over a number of decades that ‘Serendipity’ is alive and well. You don’t have to be a New Yorker to be caught up in the range of stories. We encourage our luncheon participants to share by email their chance meetings that led to meeting their significant others. We know that by listening to this engaging author, you will be drawn into the hearts of strangers as well as your own.

Nancy Sims

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