The City Below


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Harper Paperbacks
Publish Date
5.55 X 8.68 X 1.17 inches | 1.18 pounds
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About the Author

James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguished scholar-
in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a
regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

His critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary.


"A rich, seductive meld of characters real and fictive, of history and fancy." -- New York Times Book Review

"As a novelist-historian of our times, James Carroll might be compared to the British novelist Doris Lessing - his work has her range and intensity...Carroll has become one of the writers who shape our sense of ourselves." -- The Atlantic

"Carroll combines Boston's familiar turf and his staple historical personae--the Kennedys and Cardinal Cushing among them- -with a vibrant new cast of characters. The writing is dependable throughout (its strength being the dialogue), while the plotting offers spectacular twists, a breakneck pace, and a startling ending." -- Kirkus

"In The City Below, as in his earlier novels, James Carroll works the American counterparts to the precincts of Graham Greene. His characters engage with sexual, religious, and ethical dilemmas we pray not to face, in a Boston no other writer portrays with such scruple or power." -- Frederick Busch