Coupon
City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg


Overview -
An immersive, exuberant, boundary-vaulting novel 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.
  Read more...

 
Hardcover
  • $30.00
  • 20% off for Members: Get the Club Price
    $ 24.00

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock Online.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 177 copies from $2.99
 
Download

This item is available only to U.S. billing addresses.
 
 
 
 

More About City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
 
 
 
Overview

An immersive, exuberant, boundary-vaulting novel 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."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780385353779
  • ISBN-10: 0385353774
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 944
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Urban
Books > Fiction > Historical - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hallberg’s maniacally detailed, exhaustingly clever depiction of 1970s New York is packed with urban angst, intellectual energy, and sinister pitfalls, much like the city it evokes. This epic of drugs, sex, and rock and roll combines fiction and new journalistic accounts of real events, with a character’s typed manuscript drafts (spill marks included), hand-written diaries, notebooks, photographs, cartoons, drawings, homework, and personal correspondence. A cast of characters drawn from all social strata features William Hamilton-Sweeney, artist and sometime heroin addict, once heir to a fortune, once lead guitarist for the post-humanist rock band Ex Post Facto; and Sam Cicciaro, the girl everyone finds irresistible, discovered half-dead in Central Park by William’s lover, Mercer. The search to identify Sam’s attacker is one of several story lines tying the ambitious work together; another is Mercer’s attempt, propelled by William’s sister, Regan, to bring William back into the family fold as their father’s business collapses and troubles in the family mount. Charlie, an alienated teenager who becomes a rock band groupie, falls for Sam. Meanwhile Richard Kosgroth, veteran journalist and Capote wannabe, interviews Sam’s father, New York’s fireworks king. Seventies survivors will not be surprised when city residents come together during the ’77 blackout. Readers wishing to wallow in cultural trivia will find much to savor in Hallberg’s all-encompassing, occasionally overwritten effort, but others will be left to wonder how so much energy could generate so little light. Agent: Chris Parris-Lamb, the Gernert Company. (Oct.)

 
BAM Customer Reviews