Golden Hill

Golden Hill

A Novel of Old New York

eBook - 2017
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A Wall Street Journal Top Ten Fiction Book of 2017 * A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of the Year * A Seattle Times Favorite Book of 2017 * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Kirkus Reviews Best Historical Fiction Book of the Year * A Library Journal Top Historical Fiction Book of the Year * Winner of the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Prize, and the Desmond Elliott Prize * Winner of the New York City Book Award "Gorgeously crafted...Spufford's sprawling recreation here is pitch perfect." —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air "A fast-paced romp that keeps its eyes on the moral conundrums of America." —The New Yorker "Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight." —The New York Times "Golden Hill possesses a fluency and immediacy, a feast of the senses...I love this book." —The Washington Post The spectacular first novel from acclaimed nonfiction author Francis Spufford follows the adventures of a mysterious young man in mid-eighteenth century Manhattan, thirty years before the American Revolution.New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746. One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat arrives at a countinghouse door on Golden Hill Street: this is Mr. Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion shimmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge sum, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he is planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him; maybe even kill him? Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill is "a remarkable achievement—remarkable, especially, in its intelligent re-creation of the early years of what was to become America's greatest city" (The Wall Street Journal). Spufford paints an irresistible picture of a New York provokingly different from its later metropolitan self, but already entirely a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love—and find a world of trouble. Golden Hill is "immensely pleasurable...Read it for Spufford's brilliant storytelling, pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, and gift for re-creating a vanished time" (New York Newsday).
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Scribner, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3220 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781501163890

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stewstealth
Jul 04, 2018

Interesting novel with some good characterizations and some that are not well developed. The narrative slows in a number of places and the denouement is telegraphed and not terribly satisfying. Some interesting aspects to it that make the novel worth reading f you are interested.

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EmilyEm
Jun 17, 2018

Young Mr. Smith comes to New York City from London on a mission. Many words and adventures later readers come to a surprising ending. Seemingly very popular and award-winning in the UK, I was underwhelmed and skimmed to the end.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 05, 2017

Set in mid-1700s New York City, Francis Spufford's "Golden Hill" is an impressive recreation of a long gone age, as well as a tribute to the early British novels of Smollett and Fielding. However, Spufford spends so much time trying to capture the sights, sounds, smells, and language of the period that he neglects the plot and characters. Well, he overplots and the book is half comedy of manners and half thriller without really succeeding at either. English majors might like this. It reminded me of David Liss's books, many of which are also set in the 18th century, although I think his books are far more lively and engaging.

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Einer2
Oct 05, 2017

An interesting tale!

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