Between Two Rivers

Between Two Rivers

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Within the walls of Echo Terrace, the world...Farro Fescu is the concierge of Echo Terrace, an apartment block in New York City. Passing through his lobby at all hours of the night and day is an exotic cross-section of the world's population: An Egyptian born plastic surgeon who lives on the fifth floor and specialises in gender reassignment; a fighter pilot, on the eighth floor, who flew for Nazi Germany during WWII; an Iraqi spice merchant and the world-famous crazy-patch quilter with whom he's having an affair; and the young widow whose apartment is a jungle Eden filled with a menagerie of specimens - finches, canaries, a defanged cobra, and a monkey named Joe - that had been the subject of her dead husband's research. Fescu knows them all, knows all their secrets. He is keenly attuned to the building and the people in it, yet he does not know what is in his own heart - why, after a long, hard life, he is still alive, and still alone. Nor does he know of what he will be capable in the face of sudden, overwhelming tragedy...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 27mm | 328g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552771813
  • 9780552771818
  • 944,998

About Nicholas Rinaldi

Nicholas Rinaldi is the author of two previous novels, The Jukebox Queen of Malta and Bridge Fall Down, and three collections of poetry. His stories and poems have appeared widely in literary journals around the world. He teaches literature and creative writing at FairfieldUniversity, and lives in Connecticut with his wife, Jackie.show more

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"'In a city with eight million stories, this is one worth picking up'" The Wall Street Journal "'A rich, ambitious book ... Rinaldi conjures a cosmopolitan New York that is violent and tender'" The Economist "'Memorable ... richly textured ...paints a complex, compelling portrait of the ways we flirt with the American Dream'" People "'Geography is destiny in Nicholas Rinaldi's sprawling, elegant study... [The] characters' histories collide with real world events and with one another'" New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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"'In a city with eight million stories, this is one worth picking up'"show more

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Within the walls of Echo Terrace, the world... Farro Fescu is the concierge of Echo Terrace, an apartment block in New York City. Passing through his lobby at all hours of the night and day is an exotic cross-section of the world's population: An Egyptian born plastic surgeon who lives on the fifth floor and specialises in gender reassignment; a fighter pilot, on the eighth floor, who flew for Nazi Germany during WWII; an Iraqi spice merchant and the world-famous crazy-patch quilter with whom he's having an affair; and the young widow whose apartment is a jungle Eden filled with a menagerie of specimens - finches, canaries, a defanged cobra, a monkey named Joe - that had been the subject of her dead husband's research. Fescu knows them all, knows all their secrets. He is keenly attuned to the building and the people in it, yet he does not know what is in his own heart - why, after a long, hard life, he is still alive, and still alone. Nor does he know of what he will be capable in the face of sudden, overwhelming tragedy...show more

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184 ratings
3.41 out of 5 stars
5 15% (28)
4 33% (61)
3 35% (65)
2 11% (20)
1 5% (10)
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