The Great Mistake

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Product Details

Price
$26.95  $24.79
Publisher
Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.6 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780525658498

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About the Author

JONATHAN LEE is the author of three novels, most recently High Dive, which was a best book of the year in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in New York.

Reviews

"The Great Mistake is a great New York story...Green lived a life--and Lee does it appropriately epic justice." --Entertainment Weekly

"Jonathan Lee is quietly becoming one of the best young novelists on either side of the Atlantic. The Great Mistake is a sweeping historical novel that is also a gripping mystery." --The Observer (UK)

"Rich and riveting...A triumph of humane historical portraiture, and one of the finest and most pleasurable New York novels I have ever read." --LitHub

"A stunning new novel." --The Times (London)

"Jonathan Lee's wily, virtuosic, very beautiful new novel is an intimate portrait of a public man that also serves as an X-ray of America. The Great Mistake is a great novel of New York, in which the shaping of public space becomes inextricable from the loneliness, longing, and ferocious ambition of a single, damaged man." --Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

"Jonathan Lee is so enviably talented it leaves the reader breathless. The Great Mistake is an unparalleled feat of elegance and craftsmanship. Lee's 19th-century New York City is riveting, immersive, but best of all, it's an immaculate blend of scale: he masters both the grand historic narratives and gritty intimate details. As envisioned by Lee, the life of Green feels emblematic of the New York City he built: ambitious, fraught, thrilling, and ultimately visionary." --Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

"Few writers working today have Jonathan Lee's range or eye for detail. Fewer still are capable of roaming minds and histories with such bittersweet, richly detailed ease, or taking on with such profound depth all the messy, hilarious, heartbreaking humanity of a person, and a time, and indeed an entire city. The Great Mistake is a wonder and a delight." --Tรฉa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

"A wonderful, compelling, finely-tuned and deeply loveable novel, with a central character who is all of those things too. Jonathan Lee has taken the bare facts of a nearly-forgotten life and turned them into a rich and unforgettable story, told with a relish for language and voice. Mr. Andrew Haswell Green now has permanent lodgings in my brain, and very welcome he is too." --Jon McGregor, author of Reservoir 13

"An exceptional work of historical fiction about one of the key figures in the development of 19th-century New York City...A highly satisfying mix of mystery and character portrait, revealing the constrained heart beneath the public carapace."

"Audacious...Lee sustains a captivating strangeness in his depiction of the period."--Publishers Weekly

"The Great Mistake is a great novel of 19th-century New York and the meaning of success, which makes the quietest moments of its hero's life as memorable as the bordellos and the murders. A magical escape from the 21st century that sent me back feeling wiser and more hopeful." --Sandra Newman, author of The Heavens

"Like Denis Johnson's Train Dreams and John Williams' Stoner, Jonathan Lee peels back a forgotten layer of history to investigate longing and loneliness in the shape of a single man. The Great Mistake joins the ranks of Sarah Perry's novels, and Colm Tรณibรญn's The Master, in lighting up the past, recreating Old New York--like Francis Spufford's Golden Hill--with an exuberance that transcends mere history. It is a remarkable book, a herculean construction that will prove lasting." --Katy Simpson Smith, author of The Everlasting

"Captivating...Lee takes the murder as a jumping off point, diving into Green's interior life with tremendous skill, telling an unforgettable story about the parallel construction of an identity and a metropolis." --CrimeReads

"Lushly detailed...Vividly realized...Lee sparkle[s] as a novelist." --Booklist