The New City

The New City

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Newton is a New City, the dream of the visionary Barnaby Vine- a pluralistic society living in social and racial harmony. The city is run by Austin Swope, a brilliant lawyer and fixer and was built by Earl Wooten, a successful black construction engineer. At the outset, Swope and Wooten seem to epitomise the harmonious relations between black and white, as well as being beneficent overseers of their community. Their sons Teddy - a genius misfit - and Joel - cool and handsome - are best buddies, despite the fact that Joel has been more distracted since he started having sex with his beautiful blonde girlfriend, Susan Truax. But there are signs of cracking in the infrastructure and all it takes for the whole house of cards to collapse is one 'malignant drop of suspicion', and the paranoia and fear that lie so close to the surface break out. When Austin picks up on a rumour that Earl may be about to be offered the job he has been promised as official First Man of the City, he sets in train a series of events that will devastate the three families at the centre of the story, and bring about a tragedy of classical proportions. Set in 1973, with Vietnam still a raw wound and the hshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 124.46 x 190.5 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552999156
  • 9780552999151

About Stephen Amidon

Stephen Amidon is a young American who, based in London for the past fifteen years, has recently returned to America. He is the author of three previous novels- Splitting the Atom, Thirst and The Primitive and a collection of stories, Subdivision.show more

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