North River: A Novel
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North River: A Novel

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by Pete Hamill
     
 

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One snowy New Year's Day, in the midst of the Great Depression, Dr. James Delaney—haunted by the slaughters of the Great War, and abandoned by his wife and daughter—returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep, left by his mother in Delaney's care. Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian

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One snowy New Year's Day, in the midst of the Great Depression, Dr. James Delaney—haunted by the slaughters of the Great War, and abandoned by his wife and daughter—returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep, left by his mother in Delaney's care. Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian woman with a secret in her past. Slowly, as Rose and the boy begin to care for the good doctor, the numbness in Delaney begins to melt. Recreating 1930s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man's simple courage that no reader will soon forget.


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Publishers Weekly

Hamill's quietly engrossing novel skillfully conjures the gritty world of lower Manhattan during the Depression, weaving elements of suspense, comedy and romance as Jim Delaney navigates the melting pot city. Strozier reads Delaney's part with gravelly and wise authority. He transforms his tone convincingly as Delaney, a newly widowed doctor and war vet, finds his bitter heart starting to thaw when he is left to care for his grandson Carlos. Delaney hires a Sicilian immigrant, Rose, to help care for the child, and Strozier offers a credible take on her thickly accented, husky but womanly voice. Strozier also gives impressively distinctive voices to a long cast of well-drawn characters such as a good-hearted mobster, a brash young Jewish hospital doctor and assorted recent Irish immigrants who depend on Delaney's comforting ministrations. Listening to Strozier read Hamill's evocative descriptions of Delaney walking through Union Square, Greenwich Village and Chinatown and his encounters with a wide variety of New York denizens, one can almost feel that former Manhattan resurrected. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 23). (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316007993
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/04/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
233,755
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 15 previous books including the bestselling novels Snow in August and Forever and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He writes a column for the New York Daily News and lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York, and Cuernavaca, Mexico
Date of Birth:
1935
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
Mexico City College, 1956-1957; Pratt Institute
Website:
http://www.petehamill.com

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
North River is one of my favorite novels in the last year. I loved the way it takes us into old New York and lets us feel the sights and sounds as they were then. The tale of the doctor making housecalls does indeed seem like a fantasy in the light of today's healthcare.
irma40 More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully crafted with an unusual plot. Setting becomes alive in this historic fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not been disappointed with Pete Hamill's books. This one is a great read, great story, great ending. I loved it!
eins1776 More than 1 year ago
This is onle the second book of Pete Hamill's I have read and it easily solidified him as my all-time favorite author. I have ready many, many authors and many, many styles but Hamills gift for story telling is the most beautiful I've experianced. At first glance, this is not the kind of subject matter I would be prone to pick up; the time period alone would usually tern me off instantly. However, I found this to be one of the most touching books I have ever read. I laughed aloud, cried, swore in anger and wished that I could simply tuck myself away in a room with an armchair, a fire place and an endless supply of Hamill's prose.
Sander3 More than 1 year ago
As usual Pete Hamill delivers an interesting look into the lives of every day New Yorkers and their interplay with the growth of the city.Connecting characters from other writings was fun to see. He really has a great feel for a great city.
acura More than 1 year ago
I read Forever (very good), then Snow in August (excellent) and then North River. It was my favorite of his works. A beautiful and touching love story. Character development is excellent and I enjoyed the interaction between the various characters. A wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that transports one to New York 70 years ago. It has characters that are full and an easy writing style that lulls one into reading the book. Very recommended.
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I read by Pete Hamill and was impressed with his writing style. Though this was not a sit on the edge of your seat type of novel it was never boring. It was interesting to read about New York City during the depression era. The characters and the plot were interesting. Delaney is a doctor who lives alone and comes home to find his grandson, Carlito on his doorstep. He hires an immigrant women, Rose to help care for Carlito. They begin to become a family and Delaney is beginning to have romantic feelings for Rosa but the are from separate classes, he a doctor, she domestic help which wasn't acceptable in that era. It was a nice love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a very well-written novel with a good story line, a great read. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy period pieces, especially about New York, the Depression, WWII and early medical practices then you'll like 'North River'. A heartwarming story of love and redemption, of crime and corruption. Hamill does a fine job with this one.
MaryAnnGA More than 1 year ago
I was captured on page one, and remained so throughout my trip through this gripping novel. Mystery, and twists and turns. A page turner.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt as though I was living in New York in the depression. Wonderful characters. I was very sorry that it had to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me with its character development. First read of this author. Will definitely consider others.
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CTNooker More than 1 year ago
This is a great read about life and love "back in the day."
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Nancybook More than 1 year ago
Well written, interesting story. Great portrayal of 1930's New York. A doctor who really cares about his patients and is left taking care of his grandson after his daughter leaves home. He hires a woman to watch the child and everyone benefits. There are secrets and old hurts to be dealt with. I liked this a lot more than Snow in August, more realistic.
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