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Published on Jul 14, 2009
Let The Great World Spin
a new novel by Colum McCann
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An American masterpiece from internationally bestselling novelist Colum McCann—a dazzling and hauntingly rich vision of the loveliness, pain, and mystery of New York City in the 1970s
In the dawning light of the late summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. . . . It is August, 1974, and a tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter-mile in the sky. In the streets below, ordinary lives become extraordinary as award-winning novelist Colum McCann crafts this stunningly realized portrait of a city and its people.
Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among prostitutes in the Bronx. A group of mothers, gathered in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn the sons who died in Vietnam, discovers how much divides them even in their grief. Further uptown, Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenaged daughter, determined not only to take care of her babies but to prove her own worth.
Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCanns powerful novel comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the citys people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the tightrope walkers artistic crime of the century.
McCanns most ambitious work to date, Let the Great World Spin is an unmistakable and triumphantly American masterpiece.
Read by Colum McCann
Directed and edited by Giovanni Villari
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