This Side of Brightness

This Side of Brightness

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In the early years of the century, Nathan Walker leaves his native Georgia for New York City and the most dangerous job in America. A sandhog, he burrows beneath the East River, digging the tunnel that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Above ground, the sandhogs - black, white, Irish, Italian - keep their distance from each other until a spectacular accident welds a bond between Walker and his fellow diggers - a bond that will bless and curse the next three generations.

Years later, Treefrog, a homeless man driven below by a shameful secret, endures a punishing winter in his subway nest. In tones ranging from bleak to disturbingly funny, Treefrog recounts his strategies of survival - killing rats, scavenging for discarded soda cans, washing in the snow.

Between Nathan Walker and Treefrog stretch seventy years of ill-fated loves and unintended crimes. In a triumph of plotting, the two stories fuse to form a tale of family, race, and redemption that is as bold and fabulous as New York City itself.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 125 x 138 x 6mm | 66g
  • Bolinda/Audible audio
  • Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1486245129
  • 9781486245123
  • 1,974,959

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'Vivid, potent, beautifully measured, and sustained by astonishingly deft description.' -- The Independent on Sunday 'A dazzling blend of menace and heartbreak.' -- The New York Times Book Review 'It is, perhaps, the first authentic novel about [homelessness], about living below and beyond this rich city. He evokes so powerfully the stink of the present, the poignancy of the past.' -- Frank McCourt 'A tour de-force social history of modern New York, exploring the labyrinthine netherworld of disused subway tunnels, from their creation by Irish migrant workers to their occupation by down-and-outs.' -- The Irish Independent
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About Colum McCann

Colum McCann was born in Ireland in 1965. He is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. He has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. His work has been published in over 35 languages. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children. He teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. Joe Barrett began his acting career at the age of five, in the basement of his family's home in upstate New York. He played the non-speaking Old Gardener in a drama written by his seven older siblings. Joe has gone on to play many stage roles, old and young, both on and off-Broadway and in regional theaters from Los Angeles to Houston to St. Louis to Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to Portland, Maine. He has appeared in films and television, prime time and late night, and in hundreds of television and radio commercials. Joe is a two time Audie Award finalist and has won six Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine. Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet.
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