In a single day and night leading up to a midsummer wedding in Gowanus, Brooklyn, lovers, guests and musicians range up and down the city streets and along a polluted canal. These builders and strivers, writers and makers will squabble and dream; seduced, aided and thwarted by forces drastically larger than themselves. One extremely unlikely pair will fall out of time entirely into the glorious present tense of a half-written story, experiencing the powerful joy — known to gods, parents, writers and liars — of bringing a new world into being. A novel inspired by rock music, Shakespeare, small businesses, community activists, organic vegetables and the Gowanus Canal, this book is a love letter to the people and places of Brooklyn, New York in the very recent past. It pokes fun at the city it also adores, while at the same time celebrating creative endeavors of all kinds.