New York: The Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 10, 2009 - Fiction - 880 pages
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Winner of the David J. Langum, Sr., Prize in American Historical Fiction
 
Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and “Required Reading” by the New York Post

Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city’s fortunes. From this intimate perspective we see New York’s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arrival of Dutch and British merchants, the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the convulsions of the Civil War, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the trials of World War II, the near demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the 1990s, and the attack on the World Trade Center. A stirring mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs, New York: The Novel gloriously captures the search for freedom and opportunity at the heart of our nation’s history.

 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Michener-like in its grand scale, but it becomes very personal too. Fun, interesting facts about NYC: One discovers that there actually was a wall along side Wall Street at one time, for example. For a 860-page book, it moves very quickly. Read full review

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User Review  - carebear10712 - LibraryThing

I just don't think Edward Rutherfurd is for me. I do love historical fiction but I don't like that one novel captures two hundred years. Even when it follows a few families, I can't connect to characters when they are only around for a few chapters, at most. Read full review

Contents

1664
1
New York
50
1735
116
1741
140
1758
156
1759
169
Abigail 1765
187
1770
208
1853
380
1860
400
1871
479
1888
496
1896
539
Empire State 1917
630
1953
707
1968
757

The Patriot
234
March 1776
251
1776
275
The Capital 1790
343
1825
351
1987
792
Millennium
806
September 10 2001
833
Summer 2009
853
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EDWARD RUTHERFURD is the author of many books, including London, The Princes of Ireland, and The Rebels of Ireland.


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