Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Chabon, Michael. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (New York: Harper & Row, 1989) 297 p.
Phlox Lombardi and Arthur Lecomte both work in the Hillman Library in Pittsburgh. Phlox works at a window behind bars. We glimpse briefly a librarian named Evelyn Masciarelli, "a tiny old thing who had trembled away her life in Hillman Library ...." (p. 45). Later in the story an overdue library book brings the protagonist back to the library to initiate a "search and recovery." "Libraries, I knew, are frequently the haunts of twitching, mumbling paranoid schizophrenics, researching their grandiose conspiracies ...." (p. 256).

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