‘A tender, wise, capacious, funny, elegiac and free-spirited celebration of Manhattan, the martini, and much, much more.’
– Christopher Reid
First published by Granta in 2003 and reissued by CBe in 2020.
The news from McK’s doctor is not good. He arranges to meet with Isidor at six in The Hour. His memory-crowded walk there through the streets of New York is both elegaic and a celebration of the nobility of city life, and of the graces of friendship.
‘Ferocious wit, a stream of magnificent sentences, something to savour on every page, and a blissful knowledge of what really matters in life.’
‘One of the great American novels . . . Overwhelming – as great and sad a love song as the city has ever inspired.’
‘A dizzying, compelling novel that throws humour, pathos and crudeness up from the page in equal measures from start to finish . . . raw, immediate, funny and leaving no emotion unexplored.’
– Scotland on Sunday
‘A finely crafted, elegaic digression into anecdotal years of living, walking, loving, arguing, smoking and drinking in Manhattan . . . an almost Whitmanesque hommage to the city’s delights.’
‘It almost demands to be read out aloud, in order to help the reader unfold the mercurial syntax, the darting, quixotic process of thought.’
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