- ISBN: 9780812973990 :
- Physical Description: 375 p. ; 21 cm.
- Edition: Random House Trade Paperback ed.
- Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2010, c2009.
|General Note:|| If you would like to request available book club copies, please call 988-5400.
Originally published in hardcover by Random House, 2009.
Includes a "Reader's Guide" (p. -375).
|Summary, etc.:|| A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gathers in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's allegory comes alive in the voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century"--a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.--From publisher's description.
|Awards Note:|| National Book Award winner.