New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

New York: The Novel

By Edward Rutherfurd

  • Release Date: 2009-11-10
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 274 Ratings
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Winner of the David J. Langum, Sr., Prize in American Historical Fiction
Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and “Required Reading” by the New York Post

Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city’s fortunes. From this intimate perspective we see New York’s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arrival of Dutch and British merchants, the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the convulsions of the Civil War, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the trials of World War II, the near demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the 1990s, and the attack on the World Trade Center. A stirring mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs, New York: The Novel gloriously captures the search for freedom and opportunity at the heart of our nation’s history.


  • New York, New York!

    By P3K 3ND
    Great great as the city it tells about! The best this author has ever written!
  • New York : The Novel

    By Marshafellow
    It is a fanatic historical novel. I would recommend it to anyone you wants to learn the history of a great city in an entertaining fashion while tracing the story of a fictional founding family from start to finish and their love for New York City. In reading their story one learns what makes NYC the fabulous place it is. A great summer read.
  • Both Meat and Bones

    By KuonHunt
    This story has the careful, well-articulated bones of the actual history of New York City, nestled in larger historical context and wrapped around with the meat of generations of intimate personal narratives. It is the interwoven story of the diverse families of people who make up the city and the events that mark it's march through time. A good read.
  • Great Read

    By ChopperTubbs
    I felt that I was given a back stage pass to this amazing City! A truly satisfying experience and it is obvious the author is in love with New York as much as I am.
  • New York

    By Elkay44
    Easy reading and at the same time, most informative. I’ve enjoyed all of Rutherford’s novels and I recommend this one as well.
  • New York: Novel

    By wolf377
    Anyone who loves New York will love the novel. The characters are completely unforgettable and are used to show you an insiders view of what it felt like to live through the history of the greatest city.
  • Great read

    By Phandle
    If you like Michener, you will like this.
  • New York

    By Melbeachbaby
    Highly recommended reading
  • New York: The Novel

    By twa1807
    A great history lesson about a great city that reads like a novel. I learned so much and enjoyed the story throughout the book.
  • Splendid

    By forauldlangsyne
    Perfect balance of facts and fiction.