City on Fire (Hardcover)
Title: City on Fire
Comments: Wonderfully ambitious & fantastically successful -- the best new literary novel from the best publisher in America. / Hallberg's generous, immense worldview is portrayed on an intimate scale by his main characters, from all ages & social classes: writers & artists, anarchists & power brokers, rockers & wannabes, lovers & madmen... / Its narrative captures in gritty detail NYCity in 1976-77: the punk-rock heyday, dubious financial affairs, the big blackout in July. On a sentence-by-artful-sentence level, thru perfect-scale chapters, we are propelled thru this early version of our current life. There's drama: terrorist plots, addiction, adulteries, police procedures -- & there's humanity: multifaceted, pulsing with people & dreams, unsettling & yet restorative. / This entertaining & omnivorous novel is alive with deeds dark & hopes high & everything in between. I finished it with tears of joy.
National Best Seller - Named a Best Book of the Year by: New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Vogue, The Atlantic, Newsday "A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power--a novel that attests to its young author's boundless and unflagging talents." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor--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. The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock 'n' roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.
About the Author
GARTH RISK HALLBERG lives in New York with his wife and children. This is his first novel.