Helen on 86th St. follows Vita Calista Sandford, an imaginative and precocious 12-year old girl, as she learns to cope with an absent father, a single mother, a disappointing role in the school production of The Trojan Horse, and the daily pressures of being a tween growing up in New York City. It’s a story of loss, longing and acceptance, as seen through the eyes of a young girl wise beyond her years, which like the epic Greek stories it interweaves, carries a message of hope and redemption that resonates with people of all ages.

Download the full synopsis HERE. 

Read the original New Yorker short story by Wendi Kaufman HERE.

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Order the book, Helen on 86th St. and Other Stories here.