It was 1956 when Michael and Karen first met as teens in the streets of New York City. They were both determined to escape their dysfunctional families, buoyed up by dreams of success. Their four years as soulmates would have been forever except Michael was addicted to heroin. After walking away, Karen buried all her feelings from the pure joy of their love to her dismay of drugs as a third partner yet she still lived with the heartbreak of going separate ways.
When Karen realized her history as a New York City street kid was atypical, she wrote a memoir, Songs from the Street: A Native New Yorker Comes of Age in the Fifties. She reveals how writing this memoir unleashed powerful memories of her teenage love as well as a curiosity about what happened to Michael after they parted. Karen sought closure and describes how she found Michael, now clean, sober, and professionally accomplished. Through this reconnection, their love was reborn and their life together as soulmates came full circle.