Burning City by Ariel Dorfman

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It is the simmering summer of 2001 in New York City. Heller is the youngest employee of Soft Tidings, a messenger service whose motto is “news with a personal touch.” At Soft Tidings, a message is not handed over but told to the recipient. And the messages, as a rule, are not especially good news. Heller prefers his bike to the mandatory Rollerblades, and he gets away with his maniacal bike riding because he is, hands down, the best deliverer of bad news. This summer will be memorable for Heller as he finds himself drawn into the lives of a wildly diverse cast of characters, accidentally falling in love, and relating to people in a whole new way.


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About Ariel Dorfman

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Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean novelist, playwright, journalist, poet, and human rights activist was forced into exile form his homeland following the Chilean military coup of 1973. Since the restoration of democracy in 1990, he has divided his time between Santiago and the United States. Among his many works are the memoir Heading South, Looking North and the highly acclaimed play Death and the Maiden. His writings have won numerous awards, including the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for best play in London, 1992. He contributes regularly to major newspapers and magazines around the world. He is a distinguished professor at Duke University and lives with his wife Angélica, in Durham, North Carolina, and Santiago, Chile. From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Heller Hastings is the intuitive and sensitive protagonist of this unique story set in New York City the summer before September 11, 2001.

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As Heller's parents are off attending to the suffering of people around the world, Heller attends to the suffering of people much closer...

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As Heller's parents are off attending to the suffering of people around the world, Heller attends to the suffering of people much closer...

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