The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)The 70s and 80s’ racial crisis in the city, explored not via a shriekfest in the mould of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, but through a brilliantly wise and painful bildungsroman about a graffiti-centred friendship between a black kid and a white kid in Brooklyn. Required fields are marked *. But Charlotte also has a secret, one that causes both women’s lives to unravel. Plus, if anyone could make a history of bridge building interesting, itâs New Jersey native Gay Talese. In a city with as many moods as New York, and as many ethnic histories running in parallel, fiction is essential transportation. Right up there with New York fiction faves like Eloise at the Plaza and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Location? © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. And yes, while â also predictably â that particular love didnât last, the allure of The City that Never Sleeps has never left me. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, Your email address will not be published. Considering the city’s popularity—both in reality and in media of all forms—I This version follows her from her work at a theater downtown to her family’s home out in Coney Island and back to the Lower East Side, to which book depicts her has having a magnetized attraction. Since you are including the semi fictional Time and Again by Jack Finney, you might as well include the sequel From Time To Time. on Here’s 25 essential historical novels set in New York City. Your Manhattan may vary. getting a little dose of its history, here’s a list of books to get started. Historical fiction novels set in New York City are more popular today than ever before. At nine years old Rosenblatt imagined he was a private detective, making the streets of Manhattan his playground. Looking for the latest episode of our podcasts? historical fiction set in New York which helps my fascination and imagination Your email address will not be published. Taking readers on a sensory journey around Manhattanâs waterfront â in a way that only Lopate could â this book covers the historical and the modern, the mythical and the neglected of the Manhattan shoreline, and depicts how essential the waterfront really is to the spirit and energy of New York City. This book-length poem uses four characters in a New York City bar to explore the effects of industrialization and cultural unrest in the middle of the 20th century. Speakeasies! Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. Note I’m distinguishing between regular novels (written from the perspective of the present or recent past) and New York City historical novels (which specifically use the past as a plot element and are set back at least 20-25 years). For anyone who shares a love for the city, and has an interest in Image courtesy of Basic Books “This is a great book for anyone who needs a lesson on the recent history of power, politics, prejudice and policing in New York City and State. essential non-fiction books about New York City. Any recent historical fictions that are begging for inclusion? I need your help to make it better! 10. A Stone for Danny Fisher, by Harold Robbins. Find the best new books each week sorted by format and genre, including fiction, nonfiction, advice & how-to, graphic novels, children's books, and more. There will be other lists in coming months to include any books this parameter might leave out. Psst, Moms! It is set in 1899 in New York City. All of the books in the list above are fantastic, but this is far from comprehensive. Youâll want to immerse yourself in Smithâs New York over and over again. When civilisation falls, her pampered parents founder. Crazy like: The quiet one (it’s always the quiet one). She makes friends with a maid and begins to explore downtown New York, filled with jazz and heroin. How New York newspapers covered the first Labor Day — September 5, 1882, Meet Andrew H. Mickle, perhaps the least qualified man to ever serve as the mayor of New York City.