Cooperative Village, the hilarious comic novel written
by boldly funny, new literary voice, Frances Madeson, takes
its title from Manhattan’s Cooperative Village—a
pressure-cooker cluster of 1950’s co-op apartment
towers roiling with a dizzying social stew of laptop-wielding
hipsters, stroller-pushing moms, and Messiah-Mobile-cruising
Hasids, all sharing space with those feisty in-your-face
octogenarians: the original Cooperators.
Having flamed out in her job in the executive offices
of Nurses in Neighborhoods NY (NINNY), the fictional
is keeping a low—and lonely—profile while considering
how best to rise from her metaphorical ashes. Her hiatus
abruptly ends, however, when she discovers Lana Plotsky,
her elderly neighbor and fellow Cooperator, dead on the
laundry room floor. As Frances can’t just leave Mrs. Plotsky there, she improvises a solution, which
(and outrageous) order subjects her to the purview of
the USA Patriot Act! Is her next stop Guantanamo Bay?
she have to ship out before, or after, the shiva for
This delightfully over-the-top tale of life, love,
and liberty in lower Manhattan spoofs an equal-opportunity
cast of unforgettable characters who somehow miraculously
manage to make their way—and mostly get along together—in
the 21st-century American urban village they proudly
call home: Cooperative Village.