Ellington Boulevard

New Yorkers are by nature real-estate-obsessed. In Ellington Boulevard, Adam Langer offers an occasionally frenetic and fun love letter to the ”Upper Upper West Side” (106th St., a.k.a. Duke Ellington Boulevard, for grid groupies), told through the eyes of the people who meet, clash, and find romance over the sale of one Manhattan apartment. Ike Morphy, the original tenant about to be evicted, is worth rooting for, but some other characters (especially the buyer’s cheating, rap-lyric-quoting husband) are flat and uninteresting. By the end, the book feels like new construction — plenty of flashy details, but little soul. B

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