Book 20 – City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

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Weighing in at just over 900 pages, this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. But it’s well worth the effort. The setting is New York in the latter half of the Twentieth Century, mainly focused on 1976/7, when the city seemed to be unravelling at the seams. It’s about Punk, about loneliness, about money and corruption, about finding love (or not), about Art. There is a large cast of characters and the story moves around a lot in terms of chronology and perspective. I quite liked that, that kind of structure doesn’t always work, but it did here.


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