Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we select a random book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and share it with the world. It’s hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, so be sure to link back there so we can see what everyone’s planning to read!
by Mark Helprin
Genre: Magical Realism
From Goodreads: Mark Helprin’s masterpiece will transport you to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented snows. One winter night, Peter Lake – master mechanic and second-storey man – attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.
I don’t know where or when I first heard about this book. I own a copy. It’s been sitting on my shelf for quite some time, and I have started it before. It was during the holidays, though, and I really should know better than to start a long book during the holiday season. I never finish long books at that time of the year. Perhaps in January…