City on Fire

City on Fire Cover

City on Fire

By Garth Risk Hallberg

Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780385353779, 944pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

Description
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 HALLBERGlives in New York with his wife and children. This is his first novel."


NPR
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

Garth Risk Hallberg's 900-page debut novel is an intricately-plotted story set in chaotic 1970s New York. Critic Maureen Corrigan says City On Fire has much to admire, even if its ending falls flat. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015

Before City on Fire's release, Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel was best known for the big advance it earned. But that paycheck is dwarfed by the book itself: a vast love letter to mid-'70s New York. More at NPR.org

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