Novels for New Yorkers
We love when cities infuse a novel and become a character in the story.. The presence of a place like NewYork is especially moving. If you're a New Yorker, have never been to it or are planning to visit, these novels will inspire all kinds of emotions from fascination to nostalgia and will open your eyes to personal experiences of this epic city.
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“She thought it was strange that the mere sensation of savouring the prospect of something could make her think for a while that is must be the prospect of home.”
― Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn
“In other words: It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not. Or, more bluntly: Wherever I am not is the place where I am myself. Or else, taking the bull by the horns: Anywhere out of the world.”
― Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy
"The towers were jammed together so tightly, he could feel the mass and stupendous weight.Just think of the millions, from all over the globe, who yearned to be on that island, in those towers, in those narrow streets!"
-Tom Wolf, The Bonfire of The Vanities
"On Broadway it was still bright afternoon and the gassy air was almost motionless under the leaden spokes of sunlight, and sawdust footprints lay about the doorways of butcher shops and fruit stores. And the great, great crowd, the inexhaustible current of millions"
- Saul Bellow, Seize The Day
“Apparently Brooklyn needn't always push itself to be something else, something conscious and anxious, something pointed toward Manhattan.... Brooklyn might sometimes also be pleased, as here on Flatbush, to be its grubby, enduring self.”
― Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude
“The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it.”
― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man