The Washington Story
by Adam Langer.
In this continuation of his first novel Crossing California, Langer chronicles the same characters in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood and points beyond, during the middle 1980s — specifically, the era when Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, held office. While not as memorable as Crossing, this effort provides further analysis of the characters’ interpersonal relationships, and offers a snapshot of American life of the not-too-distant past. Langer continually uses references to politics and pop culture of the day that weaves through our collective past, and thereby, makes his stories more universal. A satisfying read, if a bit of a disappointment compared to his debut.