They came by boat from a starving land—and by the Underground Railroad from Southern chains—seeking refuge in a crowded, filthy corner of hell at the bottom of a great metropolis. But in the terrible July of 1863, the poor and desperate of Paradise Alley would face a new catastrophe—as flames from the war that was tearing America in two reached out to set their city on fire.
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Foremost is Ruth Dove, a rag-picker who has survived Ireland’s Potato Famine and the attentions of Dangerous Johnny Dolan, an embittered thief and murderer recently out of prison, and a ticking time bomb aimed in the direction of Ruth (with whom he fled Ireland, and who possesses a “treasure” Joh...| Read Full Review of Paradise Alley: A Novel
In his second New York novel (after Dreamland), Baker takes a grisly event—the 1863 Civil War draft riots—and crafts a terrifying, human story bursting with all the calamity, brutality and power of the riots themselves, which may have been the worst civic disturbance in U.S. history.| Read Full Review of Paradise Alley: A Novel
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Unlike the film, Baker's sprawling saga (which follows 1999's turn-of-the-century-set Dreamland in a planned trilogy on bygone New York) centers on three Irish women: Deirdre, a lace-curtain housewife whose husband is fighting in the Civil War;Nov 08 2002 | Read Full Review of Paradise Alley: A Novel
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