New York by Edward Rutherfurd
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Winner of the David J. Langum, Sr., Prize in American Historical Fiction
Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and “Required Reading” by the New York Post

Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city’s fortunes. From this intimate perspective we see New York’s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arrival of Dutch and British merchants, the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the convulsions of the Civil War, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the trials of World War II, the near demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the 1990s, and the attack on the World Trade Center. A stirring mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs, New York: The Novel gloriously captures the search for freedom and opportunity at the heart of our nation’s history.


About Edward Rutherfurd

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Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, England, and educated at Cambridge University. His first novel, Sarum, was an instant international bestseller. His subsequent novels-Russka and London-were also highly acclaimed bestsellers here and abroad.From the Paperback edition.
Published November 3, 2009 by Ballantine Books. 882 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sprawling but undercooked saga of Manhattan and environs.

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Edward Rutherfurd's new novel, ''The Princes of Ireland: the Dublin Saga,'' is 776 pages long, with hundreds of characters; it spans 1,100 years of Irish history, complete with maps and a family tree. Readers who have reveled in Mr. Rutherfurd's previous historical novels have again been undeterr...

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Book Reporter

Anyone who has visited New York City in the last.

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USA Today

New York is a big city.

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Historical Novel Society

Edward Rutherfurd says that “New York’s magnificent gift to the storyteller is a four-century history as exciting as that of any place on earth.” Well, New York: The Novel is Edward Rutherfurd’s gift to historical fiction readers.

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