Synopses & Reviews
This widely praised bestseller is the magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York in 1740 and remains...forever. Through the eyes of young Cormac O'Connorgranted immortality as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattanwe watch New York grow from a tiny settlement on the tip of an untamed wilderness to the thriving metropolis of today. And through Cormac's remarkable adventures in both love and war, we come to know all the city's buried secretsthe way it has been shaped by greed, race, and waves of immigration, by the unleashing of enormous human energies, and, above all, by hope.
"This novel demands that the reader immediately suspend disbelief, but if this summons is heeded the reward will be a superior tale told by Hamill (Snow in August; A Drinking Life) in the cadence of the master storyteller." Publishers Weekly
"As always, he is perfectly enjoyable to read for his great felicity of style (obviously derived from his years as a journalist) as well as his originality of plot. This absolutely embracing novel is certain to hit the best-seller lists." Brad Hooper, Booklist
Now in paperback, the dramatic history of New York City through the eyes of an extraordinary man who has lived there for more than two centuries. This is the magical, epic tale of a man and a city whose fates are inextricably linked. Cormac O'Connor arrives in New York City in 1741 and remains... forever. Weaving together the gripping history of America's first metropolis, with Celtic and African mythology, Pete Hamill tells the dramatic story of a man who is both blessed and cursed with the gift of immortality.
Cormac O'Connor, who arrives in New York City from Ireland in 1741, has been given the gift of immortality--but only on the condition that he never leave the island of Manhattan. Through his eyes, this magical epic follows the city's transformation from a burgeoning settlement to the thriving metropolis of the present day.