June 23, 2009
June 23, 2009
In a tale set in Manhattan of 1974, a radical young Irish monk struggles with personal demons while making his home among Bronx prostitutes, a group of mothers is separated by personal differences in spite of shared grief over their lost Vietnam soldier sons, and a young grandmother attempts to prove her worth by soliciting men at the side of her teenage daughter.
In this dazzlingly unique novel, which won the 2009 National Book Award for fiction, Colum McCann examines the trajectories of the lives of several people whose lives twist and converge around one man's transgressive act of courage--a tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. While this figure is known only as "the tightrope walker," he is obviously based on Philippe Petit, who performed the outrageous stunt in 1974, an event commemorated in the popular 2008 documentary, MAN ON WIRE. In McCann's novel, this extraordinary feat initiates a chain of events which will forever alter the lives of an eclectic mix of characters, including an Irish monk, a mother and daughter pair of prostitutes, an artist guilty of a hit-and-run, and a support group of mothers who lost their sons in Vietnam. Like a rock lobbed into calm waters, a single momentous act causes ripples whose individual effects are more profound and more enduring than that of the initial splash. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Mystery + Crime, Literary, Types of Characters, General, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Language: English
- Author: Colum McCann
- Online Item #: 11570343
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-9265
- ISBN: 9781400063734
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported