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City in Amber Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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"City in Amber"...evokes a full range of human emotion, splendidly weaving a wistful story of urban decay, human resilience and the relentless forces of change. --Wayne Coffey, author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Boys of Winter."
Jay Atkinson's skill for indelibly rendering a place and its people is on full display in the wonderful "City in Amber." --Chuck Hogan, bestselling author of "The Town."
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It's been over three months since I finished City in Amber. While the reading of the novel engaged me for several days, remarkably, I am still thinking about it. Since the story reveals the interconnectedness of the work and relationships of a few families over several generations, I began to wonder about the unknowns in my own family's history. Never before have I considered that my grandfather's toil on a poor Irish farm may have shaped who I am today, over a century later. Similarly, I wonder how did the New York work lives of my immigrant grandparents-- a merchant, a truck driver, and a textile worker--affect what I have become. Of course, our individual destinies, like those of the characters in the book, are shaped by family, social status, relationships, war, change, work, technology, and our unique "time" Never before reading City in Amber did I consider that I have received much more than DNA from my ancestors.
If you want an engrossing book whose impact will remain with you, even months later, read City in Amber.