I read this because a friend of a friend insisted the author was a great writer (I believe he knows him.) And I hasten to add that this is a different person than the Jonathan Strong who seems to be at Breitbart. Well, if he’s great, he’s also undiscovered by the masses. I had to get the book through ILL from Arkansas. It was published in 1992 and does not seem to have been widely read. It was a little odd. The main character, Barbara Orsini, is the overweight youngest sibling in a big Italian Catholic family. When she finally finds a job she’s good at and a small apartment she can afford, she finds herself drawn to her downstairs neighbor, Paul, a black graduate student from the West Indies who is so poor he is basically living in the space beneath the stairs. It’s a love story of sorts. Sweet in its own way, but rather improbable. 223 pp.