New York: The Novel

By Edward Rutherfurd

Winner of the David J. Langum, Sr., Prize in American historic Fiction
 
Named the most effective books of the yr by The Washington Post and “Required interpreting” by way of the New York Post

Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s maximum urban in a wealthy, engrossing saga, weaving jointly stories of households wealthy and negative, native-born and immigrant—a forged of fictional and actual characters whose fates upward thrust and fall and upward push back with the city’s fortunes. From this intimate standpoint we see New York’s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arriving of Dutch and British retailers, the progressive conflict, the emergence of the town as an exceptional buying and selling and monetary heart, the convulsions of the Civil struggle, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, the pains of worldwide battle II, the close to dying of recent York within the Nineteen Seventies and its roaring rebirth within the Nineties, and the assault at the global exchange heart. A stirring mixture of conflict, romance, family members struggles, and private triumphs, New York: The Novel gloriously captures the hunt for freedom and chance on the center of our nation’s heritage.

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