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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, read by Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, Johanna Parker, Ramón de Ocampo, Chris Sorenson, Patricia R.Floyd, Jim Frangione, Alma Cuervo, Lizan Mitchell and Cherise Boothe.

Winner of the National Book Award.

New York, August 1974: a man is walking in the sky.

Between the newly built Twin Towers, the man twirls through the air. Far below, the lives of complete strangers spin towards each other: Corrigan, a radical Irish monk working in the Bronx; Claire, a delicate Upper East Side housewife reeling from the death of her son; Lara, a drug-addled young artist; Gloria, solid and proud despite decades of hardship; Tillie, a hooker who used to dream of a better life and Jazzlyn, her beautiful daughter raised on promises that reach beyond the skyline of New York.

In the shadow of one reckless and beautiful act, these disparate lives will collide, and be transformed for ever.

©2009 Colum McCann (P)2009 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"An astonishing balancing act by a great writer prepared to take risks. A book to treasure." (Daily Mail)

"McCann has reinvented the city of New York in all its breathing, fighting, whining, joyous clamour." (Peter Carey, Observer Books of the Year)

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