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The World of Tomorrow

by Brendan Mathews

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The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews
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    Sep 2017, 560 pages

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Three brothers are caught up in a whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal culminating in an assassination plot, set in prewar New York.

Brendan Mathews has, up until now, been known largely for his award-winning short fiction, stories that have been published in prestigious literary magazines and anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, among other publications. But now that Mathews has turned his talents to the novel form for the first time, he decided to dream big, in a sprawling, ambitious, colorful historical novel that feels expansive and all-encompassing, about a million miles away from the restraint and limited palette of most short fiction.

This ambition is more than appropriate, given Mathews's chosen time period: the bustle and bluster of New York City between the two World Wars. His version of New York in 1938 feels limitless, full of energy and promise and excitement, and also full of Americans remaining blithely - or perhaps willfully - oblivious to the darkness and horror of fascism's ...

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