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The Gargoyle Hunters

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Hilarious and poignant, The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and a deeply emotional story of fathers and sons. Intimately portraying New York's elbow-jostling relationship with time, the novel solves the mystery of a brazen and seemingly impossible architectural heist--the theft of an entire historic Manhattan building--that stunned the city and made the front page of The New York Times in 1974. With both his family and his city fracturing, thirteen-year-old Griffin Watts is recruited into his estranged father's illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business. Small and nimble, Griffin is charged with stealing exuberantly expressive nineteenth-century architectural sculptures--gargoyles--right off the faces of unsung tenements and iconic skyscrapers all over town. As his father explains it, these gargoyles, carved and cast by immigrant artisans during the city's architectural glory days, are an endangered species in this era of sweeping urban renewal.
Desperate both to connect with his father and to raise cash to pay the mortgage on the brownstone where he lives with his mother and sister, Griffin is slow to recognize that his father's deepening obsession with preserving the architectural treasures of Beaux Arts New York is also a destructive force, imperiling Griffin's friendships, his relationship with his very first girlfriend, and even his life.
As his father grows increasingly possessive of both Griffin's mother and his scavenged touchstones of the lost city, Griffin must learn how to build himself into the person he wants to become and discover which parts of his life can be salvaged--and which parts must be let go. Maybe loss, he reflects, is the only thing no one can ever take away from you.
Tender, funny, and achingly sad, The Gargoyle Hunters introduces an extraordinary new novelist.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 132 x 150 x 30mm | 249g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0147524113
  • 9780147524119

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"The Gargoyle Hunters is wonderful, strong, and funny, with yards and yards of beautiful writing. Its pages are full of reading pleasures....extraordinary."
--Annie Proulx

"In the spirit of Jonathan Lethem and J. D. Salinger, John Freeman Gill strips the mask off New York City in this poignant, incisive, irreverent novel about fatherhood, art, obsession, creation and destruction. This novel salvages so many things, not least our abiding relationship with the past. This is a wonderful, compelling debut."
--Colum McCann

"The Gargoyle Hunters is a brilliant evocation of many things: the world of a thirteen-year old boy, with its mixture of thoughtless destructiveness and wrenching emotion; a son's relationship with a charismatic, architecture loving, thieving father; the endless changes to timeless Manhattan during the crumbling, mug-money 1970s. Funny, heartbreaking, elegiac, unforgettable--David Mitchell's Black Swan Green meets E. B. White's Here is New York."
--Gretchen Rubin"
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About John Freeman Gill

JOHN FREEMAN GILL is a native New Yorker and former reporter for the New York Times City section. His work has been anthologized in The New York Times Book of New York and More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, New York magazine, Premiere, Avenue, Guernica, Literary Hub, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. A summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where he won two prizes and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in New York City with his wife, three children, and a smattering of gargoyles.
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511 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 24% (125)
4 37% (187)
3 30% (154)
2 7% (34)
1 2% (11)
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