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The New York City subway is one of the characters in 31 Hours—a many-sided never-pausing place of trains pulling in, a place of silence, of prayer, of boredom, of fear, of unexpected intimacy, of shouts and moans and sleep and rhythmic rumbles, one activity rolling endlessly into the next all the way through the morning's wee hours and back out the other end. Prayer also plays a key role in the novel, prayer in its many forms, institutionalized as well as invented prayer, soothing prayer as well as prayer that is a spill of anguish.
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All photos by Cheney Hamilton Orr