Author: Colum McCann
Title: Let the Great World Spin
I can’t say enough good things about this novel. Each chapter tells the story of one person in New York on and around the day that Phillipe Petit crosses the gap between the Twin Towers on a wire. McCann really brings the voices and stories and the personal drama of their everyday lives to life. At the end of each chapter I was sad to see that characters story gone and have to read about someone else, but McCann won me over again and again. McCann also does a good job of showing how these very different people are connected to one another in ways both profound and tentative. This will definitely go on my best books of the year list.
Recommended books: New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg by Marshall Berman and Netherland by Joseph O’Neill