Paradise Alley

By Kevin Baker
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060875954, 704pp.)

Publication Date: January 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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They came by boat from a starving land—and by the Underground Railroad from Southern chains—seeking refuge in a crowded, filthy corner of hell at the bottom of a great metropolis. But in the terrible July of 1863, the poor and desperate of Paradise Alley would face a new catastrophe—as flames from the war that was tearing America in two reached out to set their city on fire.

About the Author

Kevin Baker is the bestselling author of the novels Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Sometimes You See It Coming. He is a columnist for American Heritage magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Harper's, and other periodicals. He lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Ellen Abrams, and their cat, Stella.

Praise For Paradise Alley

“Rich in color and drama.... Extraordinary.... A triumph.”
-New York Times

-San Diego Union-Tribune

“An engrossing epic”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A page-turning epic.”
-New York Post

“Deftly plotted, fabulously detailed, and never less than absorbing.”
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Extraordinary....Baker achieves a hallucinatory realism packed with sensory detail, demonstrating why historical fiction is able to trump conventional historiography.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Extraordinary....Baker achieves a hallucinatory realism packed with sensory detail.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Paradise Alley probes the primal mysteries of and war with skill, drama and deep humanity.”
-Edmonton Journal

“Skillfully illuminates a little-known episode in this country’s history.”
-Library Journal

“[A] richly detailed, impeccably researched drama.”

“[A] huge success....fascinating, instructive, never pedantic.”
-Houston Chronicle

“Paradise Alley is a skillful historical reconstruction -- an exploration of love and loyalty.”
-Hartford Courant

“Inspired.... vividly entertaining, and its themes are as timely as any drawn from this morning’s newspaper. ”
-Baltimore Sun

“A rare and special work.”
-Denver Post

“[An] extraordinary talent....Kevin Baker is quickly altering the landscape of American historical fiction.”
-Christian Science Monitor

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