From the bestselling author of Snow in August and A
Drinking Life comes this magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man
who arrives in New York City in 1740 and remains forever.
From the shores of Ireland, Cormac O’Connor sets out on a fateful
journey to avenge the deaths of his parents and honor the code of his
ancestors. His quest brings him to the settlement of New York, seething with
tensions between English and Irish, whites and blacks, British and “Americans,” where he is swept up in a tide of conspiracy and
violence. In return for aiding an African shaman who was brought to America in
chains, Cormac is given an otherworldly gift: he will live forever as long as
he never leaves the island of Manhattan.
Cormac comes to know all the buried secrets of Manhattan, the way it
has been shaped by greed, race, and waves of immigration, by the unleashing of
enormous human energies, and above all, by hope.
Through it all, Cormac must fight a force of evil that returns
relentlessly in the scions of a single family whose path first crossed his in
Ireland. As he searches out these blood enemies, he must watch everyone he
touches slip away. And so he seeks the one who can change his fate, the
mysterious dark lady who alone can free him from the blessing and the curse of
his long life.
Drawing on Pete Hamill’s bone-deep knowledge of New York City, Forever is
his long-awaited masterpiece, a Shakespearean evocation of the mysteries of
time and death, sex and love, character and place. It is both an unforgettable
drama and a timeless triumph of storytelling.
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