By Elizabeth Gaffney
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812970852, 474pp.)

Publication Date: February 14, 2006

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On a freezing night in the middle of a New York winter, a young immigrant is suddenly awakened by a fire in P. T. Barnum's stable, where he works and sleeps, and soon finds himself at the center of a citywide arson investigation. Determined to clear his name and realize the dreams that inspired his hazardous voyage to America, he will change his identity many times, find himself mixed up with one of the city's toughest and most enterprising gangs, and fall in love with a smart, headstrong, and beautiful woman. Buffeted by the forces of fate, hate, luck, and passion, our hero struggles to build a life-and just to stay alive-on an epic journey that is at once unique and poignantly emblematic of the American experience.

About the Author
Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the critically acclaimed novel "Metropolis". Her stories have appeared in such literary magazines as the "Virginia Quarterly Review" and the "North American Review", and she has been a resident artist at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Blue Mountain Center. Elizabeth lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at
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