is the story of 1970s Ben, another boy on a vision quest for his dead father, and 1920s Rose, desiring the impossibly beautiful and glamorous world of a Hollywood starlet. Their parallel stories, separated in space and time, are suffused with longing, and both characters are deaf. Their fates merge in New York City, among the dioramas of the Museum of Natural History, and with the literary kismet only possible in the Big Apple, it all seems plausible. Allegories, tragic in the classical sense, arise, story folds into story, and beauty ensues. If you are the kind of reader who’s able to give over your heart to a tale and its telling, this one can leave you stunned.