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Publisher Description

National Best Seller • Named a Best Book of the Year by: New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Vogue, The Atlantic, Newsday

“A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power—a novel that attests to its young author’s boundless and unflagging talents.” Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor—and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.
The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever.
City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.

Fiction & Literature
October 13
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

reader d ,

city on fire

tooooo longggkggg

AirHead 830 ,

City on Fire

I was so disappointed in this book. It had everything going for it. NY in the 70s, punk rock, family drama, a mystery, fascinating characters. But, ugh. Pretentious, convoluted, precious, and ultimately boring, confusing and just plain frustrating. I'd like to ask the writer, like an English professor, to rewrite it and lose all the stupid clever garbage like graphic novels in the middle of the book and just write a great story. Stop trying to impress and write well.

Hillhifi ,

City on Fire

What a ripoff. The first 100 pages were interesting followed by hundreds and hundreds of boring stuff. This was written to impress his English professor and not his reader. Even the climax was boring.

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