Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

Let the Great World Spin: A Novel Author Colum McCann
ISBN-10 0812973992
ISBN-13 9780812973990
Year 2009-12-02
Pages 375
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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In the dawning light of a late summer morning the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers It is August 1974 and a mysterious tightrope walker is running dancing leaping between the towers suspended a quarter mile above the ground In the streets below a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCanns stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed authors most ambitious novel yet a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain loveliness mystery and promise of New York City in the 1970s Corrigan 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 gather 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 Tillie a thirty eight year old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives McCanns powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the citys people unexpectedly drawn together by hope beauty and the artistic crime of the century A sweeping and radical social novel Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition extraordinary promise and in hindsight heartbreaking innocence Hailed as a fiercely original talent San Francisco Chronicle award winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve confront and even heal

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