The Room Above, a novel
It's 1989. The Communist Bloc is about to collapse. Dara, a philology student, has a secret plan. Baths in cold water "give her freedom." She fights with her boyfriend, and her mother is not on her side. Her boyfriend repeatedly threatens her, "you'll never find another man like me."
She takes off. Once at her destination, Professor Markowitz offers the clues. She accepts a project ... to find a man. He has disappeared in a room.
But where is she? What is the room above, and can Dara handle it?
The story can be read as an extended metaphor meant to create a space open to interpretation.
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