In 1999, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg is hit by an epidemic of suicide. The burgeoning hipster enclave rapidly becomes a macabre spectacle, witnessed and deftly described by Benson, a reflexively cynical Gen-Xer and New York transplant. As his friends kill themselves off and the “Bug” spreads to Manhattan, Benson forms a crew to clean up the mess of his adopted city, fighting against hopelessness. A testament to the human spirit, Killing Williamsburg follows in the haunting tradition set by Albert Camus’ The Plague and José Saramago’s Blindness.
About the Author
Bradley Spinelli was born in North Dakota. His play Elusive was presented by the National New Playwrights Network, Denver, and by 13th Street Repertory, NYC; Pretty Mouth was produced at the Duplex, NYC. He was a semifinalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Competition. His short fiction appeared in The Sparkle Street Social and Athletic Club and Le Chat Noir. An excerpt of this novel appeared in Sensitive Skin. Spinelli is currently working on a novel set in Bangkok. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.