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New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.

The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever.

City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live … and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The kind of debut novel that only comes around once every twenty years or so—one that everyone who’s read it roots for…An edge-of-your-seat epic.”


  • “The glitter and grime of the city’s punk heyday are captured in gorgeous detail as multiple stories converge.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Thrilling…brings gritty 1970s Manhattan to life…A kind of punk Bleak House…An exuberant, Zeitgeisty New York novel, like The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Emperor’s Children, or The Goldfinch.”


  • “A soaring debut…both ambitious and sublime.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A novel that’s been compared to Franzen, DeLillo, and even Dickens…City on Fire is ambitious, textured and thrilling.”


  • “Epic, well-written, and highly entertaining…handles the multiple shifts in perspective, vibrantly portraying a specific time and place and creating memorable characters.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This magnificent first novel is…bursting with plot, character, and emotion, all set within an exquisitely grungy 1970s New York City…Both a compelling mystery and a literary tour de force.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “As his various plot lines braid tighter during the July 1977 blackout, his novel becomes an ambitious showpiece for just how much the novel can contain without busting apart. The very-damn-good American novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • An October 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2015
  • An Indie Next List Pick for October 2015
  • A BookPage Top Pick for November 2015
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Literature & Fiction
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A New York Times Best Book of 2015
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award
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