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rank 5917
word count 43038
date submitted 14.05.2010
date updated 14.05.2010
genres: Non-fiction, Popular Culture, Trave...
classification: universal

The New York Diaries

Craig Brown

The only time my wife ever shouted at me was when I said it'd be good to live in New York; right after 9/11


Before the attack on the Twin Towers, we had decided that New York was the place for us. My company had a role for me, it was an exciting new challenge in a vibrant country with a culture I'd yearned for, and new horizons lay before us.

Then came Al Qaeda's attacks and all bets were off; we waxed and waned about the move, until finally, having agreed we wouldn't go, I changed my mind leading to the outburst of frustration from my good lady wife.

What followed for me was a reconnaisance, a period alone in the Big Apple (well, New Jersey at least), finding my feet and laying the foundations for a move. The New York Diaries are a record of that time - a time when I came to realise just how true the statement, "two countries separated by a common language" was to prove.

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Strayer wrote 1411 days ago

My favorite line is when your wife called and said, they're playing our song. How glorious. I enjoyed read the 9 chapters and would glady read more. It's a delightful story you tell about the little things in a new county that are hard to adapt to. (What a horrid sentence, but you understand, I hope.)
What a wonderful book.

klouholmes wrote 1435 days ago

Hi Craig, The challenge of the premise is one that many wouldn’t undertake. The writing gives many details that would delay or unnerve a person going to New York alone. The narrator voice is one to sympathize with and it intrigues as to his intention and what he will resolve. I found it absorbing! Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

soutexmex wrote 1439 days ago

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Though I have been a very active member for over a year, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

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Ransom Heart wrote 1440 days ago

"No talk to Daddy." Shame on Daddy for being in Jersey.
This is a wonderful story, told with feeling without too much self-sympathy. Great vignettes of coping alone. Well done. Backed yesterday. Marianne (Saint Paddy and the Sundial)

SusieGulick wrote 1440 days ago

Dear Grace, I love your story - I was on vacation on a Carribean cruise, so couldn't get back to the states - I am glad you weren't in NY when it happened. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. :) Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "backing" your book: When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved...authonomy. :) Please "back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my completed memoir unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end, my illness now & 6th abusive marriage." Thanks, Susie :)
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Burgio wrote 1440 days ago

This is an interesting story. I lived in Manhattan once for a month (moved there from a very small town in Pennsylvania) and the move from small town to huge city was traumatic enough; I appreciate moving there from London had to be even more shocking. So it was clever of you to document your adventures this way. I think you’ll find a wide audience of readers for this who have had similar experiences and want to see if they did better or worse with their adjustment to New York. An enjoyable read. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

Sandie Newman wrote 1441 days ago

I was attracted to reading this as my sister and her husband recently visited New York. The beginning was expertly done. The part about crying excellent and I liked the way you stated the places it is ok to cry, I'm not a big public cryer myself but in private it's a different story. I like the way you talk about the increased security since 9/11 and that you feel safe because of it. The pace of this is excellent and it was a joy to read. Backed.

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Luk7 wrote 1441 days ago

My parents moved to Ireland at a time when the Troubles were regular TV news and no one could believe they were doing it -- maybe this is why your pitch leapt off the page at me. Great idea for a book, and 'confessions' really belongs in the title because this piece reads like someone chatting to you one to one - fresh and immediate, with nice touches of humour here and there. Hope the move worked out, btw -- Luk