This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann audiobook

This Side of Brightness: A Novel

By Colum McCann
Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio
8.70 Hours 1
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A magnificent work of imagination and history set in the tunnels of New York City In the early years of the century, Nathan Walker leaves his native Georgia for New York City and the most dangerous job in America. A sandhog, he burrows beneath the East River, digging the tunnel that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Above ground, the sandhogs—black, white, Irish, Italian—keep their distance from each other until a spectacular accident welds a bond between Walker and his fellow diggers—a bond that will bless and curse the next three generations. Years later, Treefrog, a homeless man driven below by a shameful secret, endures a punishing winter in his subway nest. In tones ranging from bleak to disturbingly funny, Treefrog recounts his strategies of survival—killing rats, scavenging for discarded soda cans, washing in the snow. Between Nathan Walker and Treefrog stretch seventy years of ill-fated loves and unintended crimes. In a triumph of plotting, the two stories fuse to form a tale of family, race, and redemption that is as bold and fabulous as New York City itself. In This Side of Brightness, Colum McCann confirms his place in the front ranks of modern writers.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A magnificent work of imagination and history set in the tunnels of New York City

In the early years of the century, Nathan Walker leaves his native Georgia for New York City and the most dangerous job in America. A sandhog, he burrows beneath the East River, digging the tunnel that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Above ground, the sandhogs—black, white, Irish, Italian—keep their distance from each other until a spectacular accident welds a bond between Walker and his fellow diggers—a bond that will bless and curse the next three generations.

Years later, Treefrog, a homeless man driven below by a shameful secret, endures a punishing winter in his subway nest. In tones ranging from bleak to disturbingly funny, Treefrog recounts his strategies of survival—killing rats, scavenging for discarded soda cans, washing in the snow. Between Nathan Walker and Treefrog stretch seventy years of ill-fated loves and unintended crimes.

In a triumph of plotting, the two stories fuse to form a tale of family, race, and redemption that is as bold and fabulous as New York City itself. In This Side of Brightness, Colum McCann confirms his place in the front ranks of modern writers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“McCann’s prose shines like the waters of the East River on a bright winter day.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“A novel of wrenching emotional dimension, a novel resplendent with dignity.” Boston Globe
“A dazzling blend of menace and heartbreak.” New York Times Book Review
“Narrator Dion Graham’s captivating voice is a perfect fit for the epic sweep of McCann’s sprawling audiobook…Graham handles the details of the story’s multiple characters and timelines with ease, rising to meet the emotional impact of its moments of grief, joy, and heartbreak. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Colum McCann

Author Bio: Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the author of several books, including This Side of BrightnessZoliSongdogs 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English