Golden Hill

Golden Hill

A Novel of Old New York

Book - 2017
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"New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746. One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat arrives at a countinghouse door on Golden Hill Street: this is Mr. Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion shimmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge sum, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he is planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him; maybe even kill him? Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill is a story "taut with twists and turns" that "keeps you gripped until its tour-de-force conclusion" (The Times, London). Spufford paints an irresistible picture of a New York provokingly different from its later metropolitan self but already entirely a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love--and find a world of trouble"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501163876
Branch Call Number: SPUFFOR
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 24 cm

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Oct 04, 2017

Enjoyable read, very original. A couple of slightly too convenient plot twists that meant I didn't give it 5 stars, however I highly recommend it and suspect it will be one of my more memorable books of 2017.

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