A sprawling, landmark debut novel from a major new talent: set in gritty 1970s New York, City on Fire illuminates an intricate network of punks, writers, musicians, teachers, lovers, heirs—all connected by a central mystery.
The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park. Their entangled relationships open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. A novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll, about how the people closest to us are sometimes the hardest to reach—and about what it means to be human.
City on Fire: A novel
Garth Risk Hallberg
On Sale Date: May 17, 2016
Fiction / Literary
8 in H | 5.2 in W | 1.6 in T | 1.5 lb Wt