Golden Hill

by Spufford, Francis, 1964-

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New York before New York. A fortune, or a forgery. A love story, or a battle of wits. Nothing is black and white. -- Back cover.
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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"
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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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Subjects Literature
Historical Fiction
New York (N.Y.) 18th century Fiction.
Electronic books.
18th century
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Scribner2017
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Language English
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ISBN 9781501163890
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