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Five Windows by Jon Roemer

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Five Windows by Jon Roemer

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Five Windows by Jon Roemer


Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Paperback: 182 pages
ISBN: 978-1-945814-94-5
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With shades of Hitchcock's Rear Window, a homebound man becomes increasingly consumed by what he thinks he sees at a four-stop intersection in his San Francisco neighborhood.

At a busy intersection on a crammed city hillside, an overworked book editor looks up long enough to watch a trio of houses go up in flames. Once the smoke clears, he becomes increasingly concerned by what he sees out his windows and starts asking questions he never bothered with before: Is the encampment in the park responsible for the fires—or are his new upscale neighbors somehow to blame? Has the man upstairs even bothered to notice, or is his time better spent battling with his boyfriend? What's his own ex-wife doing, resurfacing now just when things are getting tense? Is everyone safer with more fire trucks around? And, just a block down the hill, is the new mixed-use project the perfect urban remedy, or will it do even more damage?

By the time the duplex across the street catches fire, he has to face a few questions about himself, too, including his own role in the neighborhood's upheaval. Inspired by Rear Window and set in San Francisco, Jon Roemer's debut novel explores a fabled American city divided by rapid and aggressive change.


JON ROEMER is a writer and editor based in San Francisco. He is founder and senior editor of Outpost19, an award-winning book publisher. He is queer, a San Francisco resident since 1991 and an explorer of urban change. Roemer studied literature and fiction writing at Northwestern.