As I noted the other day, I have been in a bit of a reading funk lately; not able to really settle on a book and enjoy reading it straight through.  So to break out of this rut I thought I would shake it up a little bit and read something different.  So I grabbed some books at the library and picked up a few books at the Friends of the Library sale that were outside my normal reading pattern.

After the Fall is one such book. Having no strong connection to New York City or the New Yorker I wouldn’t normally have a reason to pick up this book:

After the Fall introduces us to a brilliantly eccentric family from New York’s Upper East Side. Pops, a self-made millionaire, is a mad inventor who gleans his inspiration from popovers and Raquel Welsh. Mother is a fabulously dressed but mercurial socialite from Buenos Aires whose weapon of choice is a croquet mallet. Young Alan, our earnest and studious narrator, and his drama-queen little sister, Alex, love their parents but must turn to their good-natured housekeeper and cook for a better sense of reality.

One fateful day, Alan returns home to find that the family has gone bust, not even a penny to be found. The next morning, to the children’s surprise, the family wakes up in Central Park along with the entire contents of their penthouse arranged just as before—art, furniture, pugs, and all. Aided by their two loyal housekeepers and fed by the maitre d’ from their favorite restaurant, the family makes Central Park into a comfortable and creative home.

But soon the strains of life—and the weather, which is getting chilly—threaten to tear apart the parents’ marriage. As the holiday season approaches, the children rise to the challenge of bringing their family back together.

But I saw it at the library and decided that no harm would come from reading such a short and whimsical work. And it turned out to be a quick and enjoyable read. A quirky and, yes, whimsical, jaunt.