The tumultuous events of The Thief Maker span four decades and speckle the landscape of the East Coast from New York to South Carolina. The novel takes place in “my own backyard”–inspired by locations near where I have lived, visited and studied over the years.
The House on 22nd and Green Streets in Philadelphia where Felice Morrison, and later Marie Gail and her son-Rex Thomas Gail-live, is an actual location in the Art Museum district of the city. I was completely transfixed the first time my friend and I came across the building while walking down 22nd Street towards the museum and knew immediately that it had to be in the book. Upon my next visit to the area, I was smart enough to have someone take a photo seen below: