Posts tagged with "New York"

Posted by cclapper on 03/20/11
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Greenwich Village, New York -- 1950's: Paralleling Kaniuk's own life, we follow a young painter through an explosively creative 1950's Greenwich Village, where Billie Holiday, Willem de Kooning, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, and the Harlem Jazz Clubs form a jittering background of lives at high energies.  Wounded, a war veteran, and nineteen Kaniuk hits the Village, the vanishing Yiddish Lower East Side, and threads all the intoxicating worlds of love and art blossoming in this dynamic time.
 
Publisher's Weekly calls Yoram Kaniuk's novel a "masterwork of technical virtuosity and tough sentiment" in  a starred review, one of publishing's most hoped-for accolades.      

Posted by cclapper on 03/10/11
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New York, New York -- Sweeping Through Time! From a fishing village on the island of Manna hata, to the Twin Towers and on to today... it's all in here!  Rutherfurd did the same thing (famously) for London-
 
Reminds me of Steven Saylor's ROMA and EMPIRE
 
 
Or almost anything by James Michener!
 
TimelyVery  timely!

Posted by cclapper on 08/05/11
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New York City -- time of the Carnegies, 1906: Judge Jackson is presiding over the trial of Al Drayson, the anarchist who exploded a bomb at the great Carnegie wedding.  But Drayson didn't kill glitterati, doyens of the upper realms of wealth.  No, his bomb killed simple onlookers and passersby, including a child.  An important trial, caught up in public scrutiny... until Judge Jackson is found in his town house; the doors locked, his throat hacked.  Detective Simon Ziele would never have been assigned to such a high-profile case, but the investigation falls into his lap, and he has no choice.  Was it Drayson's followers?  Or... ?
 
From what I have seen, it looks like Steffanie Pintoff has captured the social climate of the age- the powerful hierarchies that make up New York City of the early 1900's; the poor living just around the corner from the rich, the Tenderloin not so far from Gramercy Park.  The first in this series, In the Shadow of Gotham, won the Edgar and was in contention for the Agatha, Anthony, and  Macavity awards as well.  Then came A Curtain Falls, and now Secret of the White Rose.  Insights to an age.

Posted by mingh on 04/18/12
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1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.

Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, saving every dollar and shilling in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this untested police force. And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.

One night while returning from his rounds, heartsick and defeated, Timothy runs into a little slip of a girl --a girl not more than ten years--dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood.

Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can't bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.


Posted by cclapper on 04/01/11
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1867- Later - Earlier -- New York, South Sea Islands, England: The life of H. M. -- and 'H. M.' is Herman Melville, includes cannibals, New York society, seamen, writers, wives and children.  England, America and many seas.  Melville leads many lives, and we are there.  His great friend Nathaniel Hawthorn appears often.
 
Jay Parini also wrote The Last Station, made into the film with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer; nominated for two Academy Awards.  Poetry, non-fiction, and, obviously, other fiction too.  Looks like an intense window into Melville's life- much I had never heard about 'til now.