City on Fire

City on Fire

By Garth Risk Hallberg

  • Release Date: 2015-10-13
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 129 Ratings
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Description

National Best Seller • Named a Best Book of the Year by: New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Vogue, The Atlantic, Newsday

“A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power—a novel that attests to its young author’s boundless and unflagging talents.” Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

 
New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor—and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.
 
The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever.
 
City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

  • City on Fire

    2
    By AirHead 830
    I was so disappointed in this book. It had everything going for it. NY in the 70s, punk rock, family drama, a mystery, fascinating characters. But, ugh. Pretentious, convoluted, precious, and ultimately boring, confusing and just plain frustrating. I'd like to ask the writer, like an English professor, to rewrite it and lose all the stupid clever garbage like graphic novels in the middle of the book and just write a great story. Stop trying to impress and write well.
  • City on Fire

    1
    By Hillhifi
    What a ripoff. The first 100 pages were interesting followed by hundreds and hundreds of boring stuff. This was written to impress his English professor and not his reader. Even the climax was boring.
  • City on Fire

    2
    By drdmr9
    City on Fire started strong and took 944 pages to fizzle out. Poor character development, sloppy transitions from one chapter to the next. Half the time I had to stop and figure out which characters POV I was reading. Some storylines are just completely abandoned and after laboring through 944 pages I don't know what happened to victim or assailant. Crap
  • Slow slow read

    2
    By choate76
    I wanted to LOVE this book after reading advance copy reviews... It was not to be. Book starts out strong but then just slows to a crawl. after about 50 pages. Too many uninteresting characters; too few compelling plot lines. Even the "evil" Demon Brother is pretty boring. And this author got a $2,000,000 advance for this book. Good for him; bad for we readers..
  • Just couldn't get through it

    2
    By FyrChief
    Couldn't get started. Very 'different' style. Finally gave up....won't finish.
  • city on fire

    3
    By reader d
    tooooo longggkggg
  • City on Fire

    5
    By Wgr2
    unfeakinbelievable.

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