The Great Mistake
Andrew Haswell Green is dead, shot at the venerable age of eighty-three, when he thought life could hold no more surprises. The killing--on Park Avenue, in broad daylight, ...more
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“New York is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel.” ...more
NYC, 1903: “The last attempt on the life of Andrew Haswell Green took place on Park Avenue in 1903.” Mrs. Bray, a housekeeper, is questioned at a police station, repeatedly by different officers. She relates the events of the day leading to murder, and through her eyes we glimpse who her employer ...more
I knew next to nothing about Andrew Haswell Green's (1820-1903), and his only memorial is a marble bench in a distant corner of Central Park, near Harlem Meer. But, as we learn here, Green was the Robert Moses of his day. He was extremely influential in ...more
The book opens with Haswell’s murd ...more
Andrew Green finds himself cast from his family's farm after an adolescent sexual encounter with another boy in the mid-19th Century. Sent to New York to work as a cashier at a mercantile shop, he meets Samuel Tilden, a man of means who will eventually go on to become the Governor of New York ...more
"He would go looking for it everywhere in the years to come. Love, love, love. As if it were a coin to be found in a field, or a park. As if it could be obtained without forfeiture."
I think I wanted to like this more than I did, but I still really did like it.
First of all: Jonathan Lee's writing is absolutely exquisite. I could run through a whole laundry list of adjectives, here: beautiful, evocative, moving, earnest, endearing. Reading The Great Mistake, you get the sense that Lee is ...more
Chapter 1 opens with the “fateful ...more
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“The best American novel of the year.” —The Guardian on THE GREAT MISTAKE
“Seriously entertaining...The detective work is ingenious.” —The Sunday Times (London)
JONATHAN LEE's new novel, THE GREAT MISTAKE (June 2021) dramatizes the mysterious life and murder of a real historical figure — Andrew Haswell Green — who was central to the ...more