Fourteen years ago, around the time George W Bush was getting himself elected for a second term, Rhode Island native Vikki Warner took the plunge and bought a house, a Federal Hill triple-decker that she named PennHenge. Over the years she saw lots of changes, with the house, the tenants, and also the neighborhood. (Remember all those house fires?) Tenemental (Feminist Press) tells the story of PennHenge and its rotating cast of inhabitants, and the effects that a house can have on its residents. Reviews are good – Kirkus called it “refreshingly original” – and Warner will be talking with Reba Mitchell, a fellow Providence landlady (who not coincidentally recorded the audiobook version of Tenemental).
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June 28 2018