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City on Fire


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Among the most eagerly anticipated and addictive novels of recent years

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Garth Risk Hallberg?s first novel, City on Fire, was an international bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent, and Vogue, among others. His illustrated novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family was nominated for a Believer Book Award and his short fiction and essays have been published in the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review. He is a Granta Best Young American Novelist. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children and is at work on a new novel.


"Extraordinary...dazzling... a sprawling, generous, warm-hearted epic of 1970s New York" * Observer *
"Staggering...gloriously ambitious" * Independent on Sunday *
"A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power - a novel that attests to its young author's boundless and unflagging talents" * New York Times *
"Exciting, imaginative and perfectly paced" * Daily Telegraph *
"Dickensian, massively entertaining, as close to a great American novel as this century has produced" -- Stephen King
"You're soon zipping through Hallberg's vividly realised New York like a child discovering Hogwarts for the first time" * The Times *
"This book felt to me like a DVD boxset, in that each chapter was so short that I'd find myself reading just one more, just one more, and then find myself still reading an hour later. I love this book: this is definitely for me the best book we've done on the Book Club this year." * Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club *
"Once I started Hallberg's addictive soap opera shuttling between uptown and downtown Manhattan, I couldn't stop ... This is The Goldfinch with a safety pin through its beak." -- James Kidd * Independent *
"A tour de force" * Daily Mail *

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