“This novel is loosely based on two brothers who did live in New York City. The Collyer brothers lived all their lives in a mansion bordering on Central Park. Homer, a talented pianist, loses his eyesight as a young man; Langley, who fought in WW I, has lung damage from mustard gas. After their parents die, they become more reclusive and eccentric. Langley reads multiple newspapers every day, but never throws any away. He also collects objects of interest such as a Model T car which he reassembles in the dining room. They have disputes with the gas company, the mortgage bank, the neighbors, all the while continuing to cut themselves off from the world.