Tales of Manhattan Then and Now
Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582343129, 243pp.
Publication Date: August 11, 2005
One of our most celebrated writers tackles one of our most celebrated cities.
In the newest addition to the Writer in the City series, acclaimed novelist Patrick McGrath presents three stories about New York City spanning three centuries. "The Year of the Gibbet" tells the tale of a young boy during the American Revolution, whose mother is hanged for defying the British army and the tortured sense of complicity the boy carries with him for the remainder of his life. In "Julius," a wealthy merchant at the time of the Civil War punishes his son's passion for the arts by denying him the girl he loves, driving the boy to insanity. And "Ground Zero," situated in modern day Manhattan, tells the disquieting story of a psychiatrist who becomes infatuated with one of her patients, a man who began visiting a prostitute after the events of 9/11. A masterful selection of tales wracked with erotic obsession, madness, and class warfare, and ranging in style from the gothic to the coolly analytical, "Ghost Town" is a paean to a city that has always inspired and captivated the world.
"The sensuous world that McGrath creates is intense in its beauty…mesmerizing."
"[McGrath writes] fiction of a depth and power we hardly hope to encounter anymore."
"An uncommon storyteller…McGrath demonstrates his trademark ability to probe the layers of the human psyche."
"McGrath's a shrewd performer. You're fascinated; you're enthralled…it's a pleasure to be mesmerized."