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The Blizzard Party: A Novel

The Blizzard Party: A Novel

by Jack Livings
The Blizzard Party: A Novel

The Blizzard Party: A Novel

by Jack Livings


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A panoramic novel set in New York City during the catastrophic blizzard of February 1978.

On February 6, 1978, a catastrophic nor’easter struck the city of New York. On that night, in a penthouse in the Upper West Side’s stately Apelles apartment building, a crowd gathered for a wild party. And on that night, Mr. Albert Haynes Caldwell—a partner emeritus at Swank, Brady & Plescher; Harvard class of ’26; father of three; widower; atheist; and fiscal conservative—hatched a plan to fake a medical emergency and toss himself into the Hudson River, where he would drown.

In the eye of this storm: Hazel Saltwater, age six. The strange events of that night irrevocably altered many lives, but none more than hers. The Blizzard Party is Hazel’s reconstruction of the facts, an exploration of love, language, conspiracy, auditory time travel, and life after death. Cinematic, with a vast cast of characters and a historical scope that spans World War II Poland, the lives of rich and powerful Manhattanites in the late 1970s, and the enduring effects of 9/11, Jack Livings’s The Blizzard Party is an epic novel in the form of a final farewell.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250829665
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 02/22/2022
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 708,258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jack Livings is the author of the short story collection The Dog, which was awarded the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Rome Prize for Literature. He lives in New York City with his family.

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