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Walker's tale is told in alternating chapters with Treefrog's, who, before his slide into homelessness, chose a hazardous profession--this one high up in the bright sunlight--as a construction worker building skyscrapers. But madness has brought Treefrog out of the light and back to the tunnels that Walker helped dig as he scrapes out a meager existence among the drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, and petty criminals that make up the homeless community. But the grimness of McCann's tale is leavened by the beauty of his prose and the intimations all through the book that, even on this side of darkness, redemption is possible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great novel, but I much much much prefer Let the Great World Spin.Published 17 days ago by Meg Griswold
It seemed very dark to me but beautifully written and so interesting!Published 5 months ago by Gail Bower
Family relationships, family dynamics, early NY history on our subway system and life in NYC.
Worthwhile reading. Read more
Author writes 2stories that come together. One starts in 1916 the other in the present. 3 generations of hard working people come to life on the pages. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Irene Kaminsky
Interesting, trusty, a very fine interweaving betweeb past and present, truth and fiction.Published 6 months ago by lee adar mittelmann
This one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint.Published 6 months ago by Bryant Mims
Very good read. Enjoyed both Transatlantic and Let the Great World Spin so much I wanted to read an earlier novel by McCann. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marion