The bones of Benjamin Street
The setting for Benjamin Street was a building on a main east-west artery in the city of Pontiac, Michigan. I took pictures of the building before it was demolished in 2008. They appear at the start of various chapters throughout the book. By the late 1980s the area where the building was located was rundown. Increasing crime decimated the neighborhood. I felt a kinship with the building. It felt like one of the characters, in my mind, because it played such an integral role.