Let the Great World Spin: A Novel USED BOOK

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<b>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER &bull; Colum McCann&rsquo;s beloved novel inspired by Philippe Petit&rsquo;s daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the film&#160;<i>The Walk</i>&#160;starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt<br></b><br>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&rsquo;s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.<br> <b><br> </b><i>Let the Great World Spin</i> is the critically acclaimed author&rsquo;s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.<br><br> 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.&#160;Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann&rsquo;s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city&rsquo;s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the &ldquo;artistic crime of the century.&rdquo;<br><br>A sweeping and radical social novel, <i>Let the Great World Spin</i><b> </b>captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a &ldquo;fiercely original talent&rdquo; (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>), 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.<br><br><b>Praise for <i>Let the Great World Spin<br></i></b><br>&ldquo;This is a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and it&rsquo;s a damned lot of fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York. There&rsquo;s so much passion and humor and pure lifeforce on every page of <i>Let the Great World Spin</i> that you&rsquo;ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;Dave Eggers<br></b><br>&ldquo;Stunning . . . [an] elegiac glimpse of hope . . . It&rsquo;s a novel rooted firmly in time and place. It vividly captures New York at its worst and best. But it transcends all that. In the end, it&rsquo;s a novel about families&mdash;the ones we&rsquo;re born into and the ones we make for ourselves.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;<i>USA Today</i></b><br><br> &ldquo;The first great 9/11 novel . . . We are all dancing on the wire of history, and even on solid ground we breathe the thinnest of air.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;<i>Esquire</i></b><br><br> &ldquo;Mesmerizing . . . a Joycean look at the lives of New Yorkers changed by a single act on a single day . . . Colum McCann&rsquo;s marvelously rich novel . . . weaves a portrait of a city and a moment, dizzyingly satisfying to read and difficult to put down.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;<i>The&#160;Seattle Times</i></b><br><br> &ldquo;Vibrantly whole . . . With a series of spare, gorgeously wrought vignettes, Colum McCann brings 1970s New York to life. . . . And as always, McCann&rsquo;s heart-stoppingly simple descriptions wow.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br><br> &ldquo;An act of pure bravado, dizzying proof that to keep your balance you need to know how to fall.&rdquo;<b>&mdash;<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b>


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