City on Fire: A novel

City on Fire: A novel
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Tags: 2015, ALA, Carnegie Medal, Date: Oct 15, Library Reads, Star: All Stars, Star: Booklist, Star: Kirkus, Star: LJ, Stars
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Year: 2015
Length: 944 p.
ASIN: 0385353774
ISBN: 0385353774
This is the kind of novel that comes along only once in a great while: one that both moves and impresses, and has the potential to become a contemporary classic.
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About the Book

An immersive, exuberant, boundary-vaulting novel

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.

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