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Heyday by Kurt Andersen
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Nov 16, 2007

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bookshelves: libraryread, nyc

This novel follows an emigre from London and the characters he meets thru mid 19th century New York City. I wish I'd read Gangs of New York more recently, as I think I'd have gotten more out of the novel with the historical background more fresh in my mind.
There's a couple of semi-anachronistic sensibilities (or maybe it's just me) and a sprinkling of encounters/references to famous folks of the time. Most of the loose ends are wrapped up & in general, I was OK with the way it ended.
Recommend as a library/borrowed read to to anyone looking for historical fiction about the mid 1800's in New York City & the migration West.

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