Faithful: A Roadmap

Based on the novel Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful: A Roadmap

New York, Manhattan, New York 10019, United States

Created By: Alice Hoffman

Tour Information

Walk a day in Shelby Richmond's shoes, with stops by her apartment, favorite bakery, bookstore, and more!


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What You'll See on the Tour

1
Grand Sichuan

Shelby has already ordered dinner delivered from Hunan Kitchen, making certain to choose all the dishes Ben likes most, including the spicy tofu that Shelby hates along with General Tso’s chicken, their shared favorite. (pg. 46)
2
The Half King

That night Ben and Shelby go to the Half King to celebrate. It’s owned by one of Ben’s favorite writers, a fearless journalist he admires, not that Ben has time to read anything other than pharmacy texts these days. They’re sitting a... Read more
3
Shelby's Apartment

Ben found the apartment, signed the lease, and hired the moving van. Shelby finally agreed to live with him because she is fairly certain she is a victim of space and location and time, and all she needs is to get out of town in order to es... Read more
4
Chelsea Piers

All through the summer Shelby walks the dogs along the riverside before work. (pg. 47)
5
Le Grainne Cafe

They go to a French restaurant on Ninth Avenue because Shelby knows her mother wouldn’t approve of the Hunan Kitchen as festive enough for the occasion. Hunan is more of a takeout place with two plastic tables set near the window. The bis... Read more
6
Billy's Bakery

Shelby's favorite sweet stop!
7
Petco Animal Supplies

At work, she prefers stacking dog food to manning the cash register. Fewer interactions with people equal fewer complications. She likes to feed the birds. Already, the parrots know her and do little dances when they spy her; the parakeets ... Read more
8
14 Street Union Square Station

This is the plan, to distract him so that Shelby can sneak over to the rolling platform. Once there she quickly unties the rope around the bulldog’s neck. He gazes at her, as though he’s been expecting her. “I’m doing something,” ... Read more
9
Strand Bookstore

She’s surprised to discover their destination is the Strand Book Store, open since 1927, home of over two million books, perhaps the best bookstore in the world. It’s one of James’s favorite places and has become one of Shelby’s as ... Read more
10
The Smith

James's favorite burger place, where they go instead of Chinese.
11
James's Apartment

It’s bigger than Shelby’s place, but not by much. It’s certainly emptier: a bed, an old couch, and a long trestle table littered with drawing paper and bottles of colored ink. There are intricate tattoo patterns taped to the wall, all... Read more
12
James's Tattoo Parlor

On other occasions she stands outside a tattoo parlor called Scorpio in the East Village, although she never goes in. Would she be transformed once she stepped over the threshold, with her sins and sorrows revealed to all in ink? On one occ... Read more

 

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