EVERYTHING IS BORROWED is a story about struggling with remorse and searching for connection in one’s past and among ruins. It follows an acclaimed yet restless architect named Nicholas Moscowitz whose guilt-ridden memories are stirred by the site of his latest commission. Digging further into the location’s history in the city’s archives, Nicholas discovers Julius Moskowitz, a Jewish anarchist who lived in the same Philadelphia streets with the same surname over a hundred years prior. Their dual narratives, the pieced-together radical life of Moskowitz and the faltering contemporary life of Moscowitz, the city’s past and present, intersect to create a masterful novel and a poignant meditation on cruelty and regret.
EVERYTHING IS BORROWED is at once a story about a star architect in free fall, a look at the complexity and history of immigration, Jewish life, and radical politics—one that highlights still-present social schisms—and a dreamlike tour of urban life through time, showing a city perpetually renewing itself, generations and cultures overlapping in places and buildings. Architecture is not just physical form here, but an art that shapes life.