'Haarlem': Heather Neff's Tale of Two Cities Protagonist Abel Crofton, a 45-year-old recovering alcoholic shaped by his upbringing in New York, searches for spiritual fulfillment in the Dutch city. Heather Neff tells Ed Gordon her novel juxtaposes very different worlds that are closer than a first glance reveals.
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'Haarlem': Heather Neff's Tale of Two Cities

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'Haarlem': Heather Neff's Tale of Two Cities

'Haarlem': Heather Neff's Tale of Two Cities

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There is Haarlem -- in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam -- and there is Harlem, in New York.

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Heather Neff explores both locales in her new novel, Haarlem, as a 45-year-old recovering alcoholic shaped by his upbringing in the New York urban center searches for spiritual fulfillment in the Dutch city.

Neff tells Ed Gordon the book juxtaposes very different worlds that are closer than a first glance might reveal.

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