When the Civil War Came to New York ; Irish Immigrants Had No Reason to Fight Mr. Lincoln's War
Charles, Ron, The Christian Science Monitor
Kevin Baker is quickly altering the landscape of American historical fiction. His first novel, "Dreamland," burst into flames three years ago - a hypnotic portrayal of Coney Island designed to parallel the chaotic city of New York in 1911. His latest, "Paradise Alley," stays on Manhattan, but it moves back to the Civil War, rescuing from national amnesia the worst riot in US history.
Baker's descriptions of New York City could be more pungent only with scratch 'n' sniff inserts. While "Dreamland" rose into the lurid surrealism of the carnival, for this more grounded history, Baker has only to follow the ghastly imagination of the rioters, whose deeds he unearthed in …
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Publication information: Article title: When the Civil War Came to New York ; Irish Immigrants Had No Reason to Fight Mr. Lincoln's War. Contributors: Charles, Ron - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: October 17, 2002. Page number: 15. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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