Golden Hill : a novel of old New York

by Spufford, Francis, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2017
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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 story "taut with twists and turns" that "keeps you gripped until its tour-de-force conclusion" ( The Times , London). 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Spufford's (Red Plenty, 2012) spirited novel of Old New York, playfully rendered in simulated eighteenth-century prose, pays homage to the literature of the colonial era. Young, charismatic Smith arrives from London to relatively small New York City in 1746 with a huge check to cash and only deflections for those who might inquire about his past or purposes. While waiting for his funds to clear, he rambles about, drinking lots of coffee and ordering large breakfasts on credit. Before long, however, he finds trouble by falling in love with his creditor's complicated daughter, bumbling into messy intrigues, and getting beat up. The New World turns out to be a violent place, and it's not clear Smith will survive the week, much less see the fortune he has come to collect. True to his inspiration, the novels of Henry Fielding and his ilk, Spufford's action is fast, and plot twists abound. Readers bounce through chases, courtrooms, brawls, debtors' prison, and a momentous steam-room sex scene, and it's all great fun. But most pleasurable is the prose itself, which is clever, silly, and perceptive, somehow managing to seem perfectly historically calibrated while poking fun at itself for such efforts. A virtuoso literary performance.--Driscoll, Brendan Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Spufford's first novel is set in colonial New York City, where-as new arrival from London Richard Smith discovers-things can get out of hand quickly, and often do. As soon as his ship docks on Allhallows 1746, Smith heads to merchant Gregory Lovell's Golden Hill home to cash a large bill of credit. Despite Smith's refusal to divulge exactly who he is or how he intends to use the money, Lovell gives him a variety of currency and coin and introduces the young man to his daughters, lovely Flora and sharp-tongued Tabitha. For two months rumors fly, as Smith exchanges flirtatious jibes with Tabitha, cautiously converses with the slave Zephyra, drinks coffee with the governor's secretary, is rescued from a Guy Fawkes Day brawl by the secretary and the slave Achilles, dines with the governor, plays whist with the chief justice, languishes in debtor's prison, performs in a stage play, gets caught trysting with the play's full-figured star, fights a duel, and stands trial for murder. On Christmas Day, Smith finally reveals his high-minded purpose for coming to America. Recounting this picaresque tale with serious undertones, Spufford adeptly captures 18th-century commercial practices and linguistic peculiarities as well as pre-Revolutionary Manhattan's cultural hodgepodge. His New York bursts with energy, danger, and potential. His ironic, sometimes bawdy sense of humor and coy storytelling may frustrate those who do not "cotton" to the "cant," but patient readers are rewarded with a feast of language, character, local color, and historical detail. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects New York (N.Y.) -- 18th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 302 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781501163876
1501163876
9781501163883
1501163884
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