City on Fire

City on Fire

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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A big-hearted, boundary-vaulting novel that heralds a remarkable new talent: set in 1970s New York, a story outsized in its generosity, warmth, and ambition, its deep feeling for its characters, its exuberant imagination.The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest 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. Their entangled relationships open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. A novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock 'n' roll, about how the people closest to us are sometimes the hardest to reach--about what it means to be human.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101888780
1101888784
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file) : digital

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Shar0nN
Sep 24, 2016

Found this book to be too long and I didn't care about the characters.

JCLHopeH Jun 10, 2016

Things I loved about this book: dramatic-yet-relatable characters, intertwining of multiple characters' stories, layering of details by hopping back and forth in time.
Things I didn't love: The pace was a bit slow and the plotlines never quite intertwined in a captivating climax.
Bottom line: It was an interesting set of human stories that kept me coming back again and again.

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