MAC'S BACKS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES THIS SIDE OF BRIGHTNESS BY COLUM MCCANN
Mac's Backs Book Club discusses This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann.
At the turn of the century, New York's sandhogs burrowed beneath the East River, digging the tunnels that would link Brooklyn to Manhattan; many decades later, those same tunnels offer refuge to the desperate and homeless. Spanning 70 years, McCann's acclaimed novel tells the story of three generations bound to the tunnels by ill-fated loves, unintended crimes, and social taboos.
Colum McCann is the author of books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.
" Luminescent. Colum McCann has taken the monumental force of the past and created from it a novel of wrenching emotional dimension, a novel resplendent with dignity." -- The Boston Globe
" Inside the gritty and perilous lives of the men who dug the tunnels under New York' s East River, Irish novelist Colum McCann finds poetry....McCann' s prose shines like the waters of the East River on a bright winter day." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
" Disturbingly beautiful...A dazzling blend of menace and heartbreak." -- The New York Times Book Review