Restoration Heights: A Novel
The uber-rich Leland and Seward families are among the upper crust in New York’s art and real estate scenes. They couldn’t be farther from the life of erstwhile artist Reddick, but their paths cross when Reddick is hired to hang art in the Seward home just after Hannah Granger, the fiancé of their eldest son, disappears. Resotration Heights, the first novel from Will Medearis, is an examination of race and class in America against a backdrop of gentrification and the mystery of what happened to Hannah.
Reddick hasn’t been inspired artistically for some time; he lives in a neighborhood that is changing, and though he feels part of it, some see him as an outsider. A seemingly white man, Reddick is quick to claim his black grandfather as proof that he is not so far removed from the multiracial community in which he lives. However, his appearance is enough to give him privilege as some of his friends point out at different times in the book. And, it is his appearance and a chance meeting with Hannah before she disappears that gives him access to the Leland house and a mission to help find the girl.
There is no reason for Reddick to undertake the search other than he feels somewhat responsible, a feeling that is admirable and also ridiculous. As his search deepens, bankrolled by the Leland matriarch who has a special interest in the Seward family scandal, the social commentary of the novel develops. Medearis—through the lens of this mystery—critiques the transformation via gentrification of one Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, which offers him avenues to explore gender, racial, and class inequalities in the 21st century. Whether you’re a fan of good old fashioned whodunits, or you’re interested in examining the evolving world in which we live, Resotration Heights is the novel for you.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||336 pages|
|Publisher||Hanover Square Press|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|