City on Fire (Hardcover)

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City on Fire is a debut tour-de-force. Brilliant and huge in page count and ambition, it opens at the close of 1976 with a shooting in Central Park and culminates in July of 1977 with the historic city-wide blackout and all the chaos and mayhem that it wrought. Garth Risk Hallberg brings to the page all the grit and promise of New York in the '70's with an ensemble cast of punk musicians, anarchists, artists, writers, magnates and lost teenagers. The characters' fates converge by way of a most remarkable trajectory leaving the reader thrilled, shaken and utterly satisfied.

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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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385353779
ISBN-10: 0385353774
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
Pages: 944
Language: English