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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Livingston Pr (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931982953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931982955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,427,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author's sweeping exploration of a single city has much in common with Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities"...None of this should work--"City in Amber" should crumble beneath the weight of Atkinson's ambition--but the novel feels as light and lucid as air. --The Boston Globe

"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."

About the Author

Jay Atkinson is the author of the bestselling narrative nonfiction books, Legends of Winter Hill and Ice Time. When Ice Time was published in 2001, Publisher's Weekly called it "a bonafide masterstroke" and named Atkinson's memoir a Notable Book of the Year. In it, Atkinson returns to his old high school hockey team as a volunteer assistant coach 25 years after he played for the Methuen High varsity. His book Paradise Road sold to John Wiley & Sons. In it Jay will retrace Kerouac's infamous steps, not only as a meditation on Kerouac but also as a personal quest. Jay Atkinson teaches writing at Salem State College.

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Jay Atkinson is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, investigative journalist, and itinerant amateur athlete from Methuen, Mass. He is the author of two novels, a story collection, and three narrative nonfiction books, with a fourth, MEMOIRS OF A RUGBY-PLAYING MAN, forthcoming from St. Martin's Press. Atkinson's latest books are PARADISE ROAD: JACK KEROUAC'S LOST HIGHWAY (Wiley & Sons) and TAUVERNIER STREET (Livingston Press, University of West Alabama). His book, ICE TIME (Crown Publishers), was a Publisher's Weekly book of the year in 2001, and LEGENDS OF WINTER HILL (Crown Publishers) was on the Boston Globe bestseller list for seven consecutive weeks in 2005. Atkinson has written for the New York Times, Men's Health, Boston Globe, New York Post, and many other publications. A former two-sport college athlete at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, Atkinson has competed in rugby for three decades and continues to play in exotic locales with the Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles, California.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Brown on September 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
A local author, who is passionate about his subject, Jay gives us both a historical and a modern view of the city so close to many of us in New England. The story is compelling...who doesn't love to pick up a book that calls us back to "find out what happens next"? And you are left with not only a sense of how a city came to be, but a feeling that Lawrence is at a tipping point in the next phase of it's rich and interesting history. A must-read for anyone that knows Lawrence, even if only slightly, and all who seek to understand the ups and downs of our towns and cities of New England. An unexpectedly great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Long on November 26, 2007
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This is an amazing story, at times heartbreakingly sad and then suddenly hilarious. The characters became very real to me and evoked true emotion. Ultimately I found "City in Amber" to be much more than a chronicle of Lawrence's history. It is as much a chronicle of the human condition; good vs. evil, the choices we make and even the choices we allow others to make for us and of course... the consequences. Once I'd started this book I found myself grabbing every spare minute I could find to read and then thinking, almost obsessively, about the characters and story until I could get back to it again. I loved this book and suspect you will too. Don't wait, treat yourself and buy "City in Amber" now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Boyle Steed on January 16, 2009
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Our book group recently read City in Amber. To a person, all nine of us were awestruck by Jay Atkinson's masterful storytelling talents, even before we learned that he dedicated a decade of his life to researching the context of his story: Lawrence, MA. Clearly, the author's extensive knowledge of this old mill city and its inhabitants for over 100 years inspired him to weave together a compelling plotline and believable characters.

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.
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By Bob G on March 31, 2014
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If you are from Lawrence Ma., or spent time there inthe 40's, 50's or 60's you will noticea lot of interesting things in this book.
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By Cynthia D. Saba on October 3, 2008
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As a native Lawrencian, I was eager to read this book. The familiarity of the setting added a bit of extra enjoyment, but the real pleasure was in the interesting and vivid characters. The novel alternates between current and historical time periods in the city of Lawrence, MA. The movement between the time periods is flawless. Nothing is lost in the transition and the reader looks forward to seeing what will happen next. A unique and enjoyable read!
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