Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rental Agreement

Consider this: A white man asks to rent the basement of a house deep in a black neighborhood.

What’s your story?

It’s the premise of Walter Mosley’s 2004 novel, The Man in My Basement. Into the story, we learn that the white man wants the basement for 65 days, starting July 1, paying $750 per day.

Now what’s your story?

[See the comments for a non-spoiler take on what Mosley did.]

1 comment:

  1. Mosley’s characters are always more reflective than active.

    He used this premise as a device to develop an existential exploration -- a darker-than-expected, yet satisfying, peek into one man’s African lineage and current life.