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Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow

In reality, Homer and Langley Collyer were compulsive hoarders found dead in 1947 in their three-story brownstone with over 100 tons of newspapers, pianos, and even a Model-T stashed in their home. With Homer and Langley, E. L. Doctorow alters the facts and years of their lives and imagines a slightly different story for them. Homer is blind and obsessive compulsive while Langley returns from World War I a damaged man. Langley studies and saves every newspaper in an attempt to create the ultimate newspaper where every story is prophecy. He also invents a Theory of Replacements, where everything historical is repeated, and begins hoarding items that he stores wherever he can in their home. The brothers hermetic existence still allows them to interact with the world as they see historical moments pass through their lives. Homer and Langley has received mostly positive reviews with the St, Louis Post-Dispatch calling it a "slim melancholic tale, a masterpiece that is at once comic, allegorical and prescient."
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Boston Globe review
by Jess Walter

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by Joseph Peschel

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by Rayyan Al-Shawaf

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by Merritt Moseley

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by Michiko Kakutani

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by Michael Dirda

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by Bob Minzesheimer

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