achievement of E. L. Doctorow’s distinguished literary career—an astonishing
modern masterwork of faith, mystery, and the search for spiritual authenticity.
With brilliant and audacious strokes, the author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate creates a breathtaking collage of memories, events,
visions, and provocative thought, all centered on the idea of a modern reality
of God. At the heart of this stylistically daring and dazzling inventive
tour-de-force is a riveting detective story about a cross that vanishes from a
Lower East Side church, only to reappear on the roof of an Upper West Side
synagogue. Intrigued by the mystery—and by the Episcopal priest and female
rabbi who investigate the strange desecration—is a well-known novelist whose
capacious brain is a virtual repository for the ideas and disasters of the age.
Employing a multi-voiced narrative that perfectly captures
the riffs and rhythms of latter-day New York, then broadens to implicate a cast
of characters including scientists, war veterans, prelates, Holocaust
survivors, cabinet members, theologians, filmmakers, and crooners, City of God is E. L. Doctorow’s most
ambitious and intensely personal work. Vast in scope, biblical in tone, it is a
monumental work of spiritual reflection, philosophy, and history by America's
preeminent novelist and chronicler of our time. Download and start listening now!