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Let The Great World Spin
Author: Colum McCann

ISBN: 9781408801185
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1 May 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7 x 2.4
Winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction, the dazzling new novel from bestselling writer Colum McCann.

New York, August 1974. A man is walking in the sky and the city stands still, captivated by this sight, awe and disbelief filling the streets. Philipe Petit is making his famous tightrope walk across the World Trade Centre and the lives of seven people will change forever: the Christ-like Corrigan, an Irish priest living in the Bronx with a conclave of hookers; a young woman artist in trouble with drugs and her marriage; a thirteen year old photographer obsessed with graffiti; a Park Avenue mother struggling to come to terms with the death of her son in Vietnam; her husband, a judge in a downtown court; Lillie the hooker; Gloria, her neighbour, whose life will collide with hers.

Set against a time of sweeping political and social change, from the imminent resignation of Nixon to the beginnings of the Internet, the burgeoning minimalist art movement to the lingering sceptre of the oil crisis, a single audacious event will intricately bind these apparent strangers, transforming their lives forever. With prose that is at once immediate, lyrical a...

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