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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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On the day that a Frenchman walks on a tight-rope strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center, people live, people die, families are destroyed and created, and people mourn in the midst of a whimsical spectacle.

McCann eloquently captures the lives of both the high and low born in this sprawling novel of 1970's New York. The central conceit (that this all takes place on the day of the tight-rope walk) sometimes has to be shoved into the story sideways, but the individual stories are compelling. It's been more than a year since I read it, but there are moments in it that stick with me. A good story.

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