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Paradise Alley (Paperback)

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Description


They came by boat from a starving land—and by the Underground Railroad from Southern chains—seeking refuge in a crowded, filthy corner of hell at the bottom of a great metropolis. But in the terrible July of 1863, the poor and desperate of Paradise Alley would face a new catastrophe—as flames from the war that was tearing America in two reached out to set their city on fire.

About the Author


The critically acclaimed novel "Dreamland established Kevin Baker as "one of America's best new writers" ("Boston Herald). Now, with "Paradise Alley, he emerges as one of the most important voices of his generation. Currently at work on the third volume of his "City of Fire" trilogy, Mr. Baker is also the author of the novel "Sometimes You See It Coming and served as chief historical researcher for the nonfiction bestseller "The American Century. He is married and lives in New York City.

Praise For…


“Rich in color and drama.... Extraordinary.... A triumph.”
-New York Times

Phenomenal.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune

“An engrossing epic”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A page-turning epic.”
-New York Post

“Deftly plotted, fabulously detailed, and never less than absorbing.”
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Extraordinary....Baker achieves a hallucinatory realism packed with sensory detail, demonstrating why historical fiction is able to trump conventional historiography.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Extraordinary....Baker achieves a hallucinatory realism packed with sensory detail.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Paradise Alley probes the primal mysteries of ...love and war with skill, drama and deep humanity.”
-Edmonton Journal

“Skillfully illuminates a little-known episode in this country’s history.”
-Library Journal

“[A] richly detailed, impeccably researched drama.”
-Booklist

“[A] huge success....fascinating, instructive, never pedantic.”
-Houston Chronicle

“Paradise Alley is a skillful historical reconstruction -- an exploration of love and loyalty.”
-Hartford Courant

“Inspired.... vividly entertaining, and its themes are as timely as any drawn from this morning’s newspaper. ”
-Baltimore Sun

“A rare and special work.”
-Denver Post

“[An] extraordinary talent....Kevin Baker is quickly altering the landscape of American historical fiction.”
-Christian Science Monitor

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060875954
ISBN-10: 006087595X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2006
Pages: 676
Language: English