‘Let the Great World Spin’ by Colum McCann

There is one true story in this work of fiction. In August 1974, Philippe Petit walked between the Twin Towers on a high-wire. It was a daring performance that made headlines around the world.

McCann has intricately woven a beautiful story with many surprising connections, all united by this daring act that captivated so many. The characters tell their own stories: a young Irish monk who devotes his life to helping others, a group of mothers meeting to support each other and to mourn the loss of their sons in Vietnam, a hit and run accident, and two generations of prostitutes navigating life on the streets. McCann captures the heart of New York City from the Bronx to Park Avenue.

This is a profound novel, yet easy to read and compelling. McCann gives the high-wire performer this bit of wisdom as inspiration or warning – “nobody falls halfway”.

One response to “‘Let the Great World Spin’ by Colum McCann

  1. Loving this book. I need more time to read!!!
    Joan

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