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City on Fire

By Garth Risk Hallberg

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Format: Paperback, 944 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 20 October 2015
'The best book we've done on the Book Club this year' - Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club 'A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power' - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 'Love The Wire? Then read this' - GQ 'Extraordinary dazzling a sprawling, generous, warm-hearted epic of 1970s New York' - Observer 'You're soon zipping through Hallberg's vividly realised New York like a child discovering Hogwarts for the first time' - The Times 'The kind of exuberant, zeitgeisty novel, like The Bonfire of the Vanities or The Goldfinch, that you'll either love, hate or pretend to have read' - Vogue 'The hype is justified- this is the year's must-read book' - Shortlist NEW YORK. 1977. BE THERE WHEN IT EXPLODES. It's New Year's Eve, 1976, and New York is a city on the edge. As midnight approaches, a blizzard sets in - and amidst the fireworks, an unmistakable sound rings out across Central Park. Gunshots. Two of them. The search for the shooter will bring together a rich cast of New Yorkers. From the reluctant heirs to one of the city's greatest fortunes, to a couple of Long Island kids drawn to the punk scene downtown. From the newly arrived and enchanted, to those so sick of the city they want to burn it to the ground. All these lives are connected to one another - and to the life that still clings to that body in the park. Whether they know it or not, they are bound up in the same story - a story where history and revolution, love and art, crime and conspiracy are all packed into a single shell, ready to explode. Then, on July 13th, 1977, the lights go out in New York City.

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Among the most eagerly anticipated and addictive novels of recent years - 'Can you afford not to read this book?' (Guardian)

About the Author

Garth Risk Hallberg s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, Slate, Los Angeles Times, and Best New American Voices 2008. His illustrated novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family, was nominated for the Believer Book Award. He is 35 years old, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.


"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

EAN: 9780224101714
ISBN: 0224101714
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 4.8 centimetres (1.09 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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