Save the Village (Paperback)
Life hasn’t turned out quite the way Becca Cammeyer of Greenwich Village—once voted most likely to land on Broadway or in jail for a good cause—had planned. Her only child has moved to another continent, she’s still living in a fifth-floor walkup with her aging dog, still single, still nearly broke, still not on speaking terms with her best friend or her mother, and still hearing the ghost of her long-dead father whispering in her ear. But she’s a semi-famous tour guide, and on a perfect October evening, Becca almost believes all is well with her world as she helps a group of South Carolina tourists fall in love with her beloved Village. The tour concludes, and Becca sends the women on their way, unaware that her world is about to be upended. In the aftermath of a devastating tragedy, Becca must come to terms with her own paralysis, her survivor’s guilt, and the messiness of her life. She embarks on wildly improbable reconciliations and new relationships. At once a love story to Greenwich Village and a reflection on a changing world, Save the Village reveals how when a community comes together, everyone wins.
About the Author
Michele Herman’s stories, poems and essays have been published widely in magazines, journals and newspapers. She’s the author of the poetry chapbook Victory Boulevard (Finishing Line Press, 2018), recipient of several writing awards, a columnist, writing teacher, developmental editor, and occasional spoken-word performer. She and her husband are lucky enough to live in Greenwich Village, where they raised their two kids.
"Michele Herman knows Greenwich Village inside out: its gestures, its codes, the complex history behind each building facade, smile, or frown. Every village is a universe, and Herman brings this one joyously alive. With compassion and humor, she tells a gripping tale of a rupture that shakes a community into a new alignment." —Pamela Erens, author of Matasha, Eleven Hours, and The Virgins
"Save the Village is the kind of love letter the world's most famous neighborhood deserves, written with the intimate detail and wry affection only a loving insider could conjure." —John Strausbaugh, author of The Village