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North River

A Novel

by Pete Hamill

North River
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2007, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2008, 368 pages

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A story of honor, family, and one man's simple courage set in 1930s New York

During the 1960s and '70s Hamill was known for his hard knuckled reporting about New York, but his recent novels have been much more soft focus in nature, no more so than in his latest work. In fact, there's a touch of the Thomas Kinkades about North River. That is not to disparage it but simply to recognize it for what it is - a romantic historical novel set against an idealized backdrop of 1930s New York, where bad things happen but through a soft-focus lens of nostalgia in which the poor are hardworking and honest with hearts of gold, the gangsters have mothers and feelings, and the snow falls softly all around.

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