This Side of Brightness

A Novel

Colum McCann

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From the author of Songdogs, a magnificent work of imagination and history set in the tunnels of New York City.

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, ures 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 uninted 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. In This Side of Brightness, Colum McCann confirms his place in the front ranks of modern writers.

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"McCann's writing rises above the earthbound and soars." (Boston Globe)

"New York's most visible up-and-coming Irish writer" (The New York Times)

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Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the author of  books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.

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This Side of Brightness
A Novel
Colum McCann

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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - Nominee

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
June 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466848702
ISBN10: 1466848707
304 pages, Includes one map
$9.99

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Picador
January 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312421977
ISBN10: 0312421974
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages, Includes one map
$16.00
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