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The Resource Golden Hill

Golden Hill

Label
Golden Hill
Title
Golden Hill
Statement of responsibility
Francis Spufford
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A Wall Street Journal Top Ten Fiction Book of 2017 * A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of the Year * A Seattle Times Favorite Book of 2017 * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Kirkus Reviews Best Historical Fiction Book of the Year * A Library Journal Top Historical Fiction Book of the Year * Winner of the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Prize, and the Desmond Elliott Prize * Winner of the New York City Book Award "Gorgeously crafted...Spufford's sprawling recreation here is pitch perfect." —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air "A fast-paced romp that keeps its eyes on the moral conundrums of America." —The New Yorker "Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight." —The New York Times "Golden Hill possesses a fluency and immediacy, a feast of the senses...I love this book." —The Washington Post The spectacular first novel from acclaimed nonfiction author Francis Spufford follows the adventures of a mysterious young man in mid-eighteenth century Manhattan, thirty years before the American Revolution.New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746. One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat arrives at a countinghouse door on Golden Hill Street: this is Mr. Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion shimmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge sum, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he is planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him; maybe even kill him? Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill is "a remarkable achievement—remarkable, especially, in its intelligent re-creation of the early years of what was to become America's greatest city" (The Wall Street Journal). Spufford paints an irresistible picture of a New York provokingly different from its later metropolitan self, but already entirely a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love—and find a world of trouble. Golden Hill is "immensely pleasurable...Read it for Spufford's brilliant storytelling, pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, and gift for re-creating a vanished time" (New York Newsday)
Summary
When a mysterious man shows up at the countinghouse in 1746 New York with an order for a huge sum of money, the local colonial merchants can’t decide if they should trust him, befriend him, arrest him or seduce him
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Writing style
Award
  • Costa First Novel Award, 2016.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
  • RSL Ondaatje Prize, 2017.
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10545384
Cataloging source
NOV
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1964-
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Spufford, Francis
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Golden Hill
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781501163890
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Golden Hill
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:a2e855d7-a5be-41a1-b46a-ccd8daddae22
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781501163890
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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