Synopses & Reviews
At the turn of the century, Nathan Walker comes to New York City to take the most dangerous job in the country. A sandhog, he burrows beneath the East River, digging the tunnel that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In the bowels of the riverbed, the sandhogs--black, white, Irish, Italian--dig together, the darkness erasing all differences. Above ground, though, the men keep their distance until a spectacular accident welds a bond between Walker and his fellow sandhogs that will both bless and curse three generations.
This novel from the author of "Songdogs" takes readers underground, to the subways of New York. A complex infrastructure binds the inhabitants of these subterranean lairs, built in the early years of the century by a combination of black and Irish labour.
From an acclaimed young Irish writer; a novel set in New York which explores the strength of the human spirit, and tells of hope and despair through three generations. "Vivid, potent, beautifully measured, and sustained by astonishingly deft description" "Independent On Sunday". By the author of "Songdogs" and "Fishing The Sloe-Black River", which appear this month in new editions.