In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.
`He is a fearless writer, experimenting with narrative styles, leaping from one story to the next’ –Ruth Scurr, Daily Telegraph
`an exceptional performance by a writer whose originality and profound humanity is evident throughout this highly original and wondrous novel.’ –Douglas Kennedy, Independent
`This is what a great work of fiction can be. A beautifully written novel, it is an audacious and heart-stopping feat of imagination.’ –Liz Calder, Observer
`A wonderful book that puts its author right at the front rank of contemporary novelists’
–Sam Mendes, Observer Books of the Year Review
‘Every character…grabs you by the throat and makes you care. McCann’s dazzling polyphony walks the high wire and succeeds triumphantly’