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City in Amber
by Jay Atkinson
A compelling story of Lawrence, Massachusetts, a planned industrial city built around the garment industry. Moving from the city's construction before the American Civil War to the sporadic conflagrations that plagued it in the 1990?s, the writing is so fine that even the downright evil characters eke out a moment of sympathy from the reader?not to mention the laughter and ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Livingston Press (AL)
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Atkinson goes through painstaking research to bring alive the story of Lawrence, Massachusetts--its creation as a planned city and woolen mill epicenter. At the start, great men with ambitious plans are building up the city with lofty expectations, while a century and a half later, gangster creeps are burning down the once proud place. Through it all, a grand clock tower looms over the city, seeing everything. A few of the subplots don't quite pay off, but it's a very compelling historical novel ...more
As a native Lawrencian, I was eager to read this book. The familiarity of the setting added a bit of extra enjoyment, but the real pleasure was in the interesting and vivid characters. The novel alternates between current and historical time periods in the city of Lawrence, MA. The movement between the time periods is flawless. Nothing is lost in the transition and the reader looks forward to seeing what will happen next. A unique and enjoyable read!