Book Group

Monday, June 10th, 5:30pm

In August 1974, a mysterious tightrope walker was seen running, dancing and leaping between the Twin Towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground.  Colum McCann in Let the Great World Spin gives an intricate portrait of New York City and the people staring up in disbelief at this unusual sight.
 
McCann weaves together the lives of a radical young Irish monk, a group of mothers gathered in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons killed in Vietnam, a young artist at the scene of a hit-and- run, a 38 year old grandmother who turns tricks next to her teenage daughter and other seemingly disparate lives unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty and the “artistic crime of the century”.
 
Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, promise, and, as we look back, heartbreaking innocence.