The Resource Let the great world spin : a novel, Colum McCann

Let the great world spin : a novel, Colum McCann

Label
Let the great world spin : a novel
Title
Let the great world spin
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Colum McCann
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author's most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century." A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a "fiercely original talent" (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal
Awards note
National Book Award winner, 2009.
Cataloging source
DLC
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1965-
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McCann, Colum
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Immigrants
  • Irish
  • Judges' spouses
  • Grief
  • Teenage mothers
  • Petit, Philippe
  • Tightrope walking
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Nineteen seventies
  • National Book Awards
Label
Let the great world spin : a novel, Colum McCann
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
349 p.
Isbn
9781400063734
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008046963
System control number
  • ocn268957352
  • 352763
  • (OCoLC)268957352
Label
Let the great world spin : a novel, Colum McCann
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
349 p.
Isbn
9781400063734
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008046963
System control number
  • ocn268957352
  • 352763
  • (OCoLC)268957352

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