As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat
Jaffe are still hanging in there--longtime friends, bandmates, and
co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in
the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks
and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of
semilegendary midwives who have welcomed more than a thousand newly
minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart--half tavern,
half temple--stands Brokeland.
When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black
man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile
megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy
fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise.
Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a
battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits
of their friendship. Adding another layer of complication to the
couples' already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus
Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love
of 15-year-old Julius Jaffe's life.
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