Ghost Town Tales of Manhattan Then and Now

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-09-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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One of our most celebrated writers tackles one of our most celebrated cities. In the newest addition to the Writer in the City series, acclaimed novelist Patrick McGrath presents three stories about New York City spanning three centuries. "The Year of the Gibbet" tells the tale of a young boy during the American Revolution, whose mother is hanged for defying the British armyand the tortured sense of complicity the boy carries with him for the remainder of his life. In "Julius," a wealthy merchant at the time of the Civil War punishes his son's passion for the arts by denying him the girl he loves, driving the boy to insanity. And "Ground Zero," situated in modern day Manhattan, tells the disquieting story of a psychiatrist who becomes infatuated with one of her patients, a man who began visiting a prostitute after the events of 9/11. A masterful selection of tales wracked with erotic obsession, madness, and class warfare, and ranging in style from the gothic to the coolly analytical,Ghost Townis a paean to a city that has always inspired and captivated the world.

Author Biography

Patrick McGrath is the author of numerous novels, including Port Mungo, Asylum, Spider, The Grotesque, and Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

The year of the gibbetp. 1
Juliusp. 63
Ground Zerop. 175
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