I heard about this book when I attended the Margarett Root Brown reading series hosted by http://www.inprinthouston.org/ . E.L. Doctorow is a creative genius and this book has actually been in the back of my mind for far too long. The book is Doctorow's depiction of how the famed Collyer brothers lived preceding their gruesome and unsightly death. For those who are unfamiliar with their tale, the Collyers lived in New York in the early to mid 1900s. They were known for their snobbish upper crusty lifestyle, but their story hit its peak at the discovery of the two brothers dead in their Harlem brownstone amidst tons and tons of collections, newspapers, and heirlooms. I'm mid-way through and loving it! Can't wait to finish it though.