City on Fire (Hardcover)

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This sprawling novel with its many interlocking characters, which culminates in the New York City blackout of 1977, moves back and forth in time and will be compared to the work of Donna Tartt and Tom Wolfe but owes much to the socially conscious European books of the 19th century. The many broken protagonists reflect a society in deep decay but there are always slivers of hope and goodness that foretell a brighter future. Readers will be advised to take a week off to immerse themselves.

— Bill

This sprawling novel with its many interlocking characters, which culminates in the New York City blackout of 1977, moves back and forth in time and will be compared to the work of Donna Tartt and Tom Wolfe but owes much to the socially conscious European books of the 19th century. The many broken protagonists reflect a society in deep decay but there are always slivers of hope and goodness that foretell a brighter future. Readers will be advised to take a week off to immerse themselves.

— From Bill

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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 HALLBERG lives in New York with his wife and children. This is his first novel.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385353779
ISBN-10: 0385353774
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
Pages: 944
Language: English