City on Fire
Garth Risk Hallberg
The New York Times bestseller
A Granta Best of Young American Novelists 2017
‘Extraordinary…dazzling… a sprawling, generous, warm-hearted epic of 1970s New York’ Observer
Midnight, New Year’s Eve, 1976. Nine lives are about to be changed forever.
Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, heirs to one of New York’s greatest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by the punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbour – and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.
Then, on July 13th, 1977, the lights go out.
‘Dazzling’ Washington Post
‘Heart-stopping’ New York Times
"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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