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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Let the Great World Spin is set in New York City in the 1970s. Its connected stories of different people struggling to fashion some semblance of a meaningful life are all linked to the Frenchman who strung a high wire between the World Trade Center towers and walked a quarter mile above the city. Corrigan is an Irish monk who provides refuge to streetwalkers and drives them to their court hearings. Tillie is one of those prostitutes, as is her daughter. The same judge handles both Tillie's and the tightrope-walker's cases and a group of mothers who have lost sons in the Vietnam War meet in a Park Avenue penthouse. Colum McCann's novel has received mixed reviews with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel saying, "McCann has written more than a supremely woven tapestry of imagined lives; through their struggles, he clears a path for healing and redemption from the cataclysm of a later time."
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Winner of the 2009 National Book Award for fiction


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