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Let the Great World Spin

Colum McCann  Author

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Let the Great World Spin


ISBN: 0812973992

EAN: 9780812973990

Category: Fiction / Cultural Heritage/Fiction / Psychological

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Release Date: 12/03/2009

Synopsis: 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.

Awards: Ambassador Book Awards – null  American Library Association Notable Books – null  International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – null  National Book Awards – null  New York Times Notable Books of the Year – null 

Let the Great World Spin

Illustrated: No

Format: Paperback

Height: 0.8 inches

Width: 5.17 inches

Length: 7.94 inches

Weight: 9.77 oz

Pages: 400