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Publication date: 23.02.2017
ISBN: 9781509818570
Number of pages: 448


In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbour, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly's and Jared's lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, the couple's adopted son, Mateo, grows to appreciate the opportunities for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers.

As the junkies and protestors of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.

In the media

An impassioned and "devastating" story set in a real-life building . . . the breathtaking new novel from Brooklyn writer Tim Murphy . . . a powerful and rewarding reading experience. Stylistically challenging, emotionally devastating (both positive and negative), realistic (even when it shifts into an imagined future) and impassioned, it is one of the finest novels we are likely to encounter this year.
Toronto Star
This thrillingly accomplished novel... [Its] varied minds and voices are realized so convincingly that Christodora sometimes seems the product of spirit possession. And it is joyous despite its subject matter... Murphy's skills are most nakedly on display as he describes the addictions in which Mateo and others find solace, and their electrical-shocking, soul-warping, mind-annihilating trips. Desperately intense, it is the kind of scene that requires putting a book down for a moment to take a breather.
New York Times
Murphy has written The Bonfire of the Vanities for the age of AIDS, using the same reportorial skills as Tom Wolfe to re-create the changing decades, complete with a pitch-perfect deployment of period detail . . . A powerful evocation of the plague years.
Publishers' Weekly

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Tim Murphy, Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre

Tim Murphy, Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre

  • Southbank Centre
    Southbank Centre
    Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX UNITED KINGDOM
  • 24 February 2017 18:00
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American author Tim Murphy discusses his stunning debut novel to mark LGBT History Month. Tim's novel, Christodora, is a bold and poignant portrait of the bohemian Manhattan of sex, drugs, art and ...

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Tim Murphy reading at Gay's the Word at The New Bloomsbury Set.

Tim Murphy reading at Gay's the Word at The New Bloomsbury Set.

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    New Bloomsbury Set 76 Marchmont St , WCIN 1AG UNITED KINGDOM
  • 26 February 2017 16:00
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Christodora is one of the most enthralling and exciting new American novels we have read recently. The author, Tim Murphy, is coming over from New York, and in partnership with Picador we are so ha...

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Tim Murphy at The Savoy Hotel.

Tim Murphy at The Savoy Hotel.

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  • 27 February 2017 19:00
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You are invited to " "Our First Salon of 2017 " "In the Lancaster Ballroom at The Savoy Hotel " "On Monday February 27th 2017 " "Featuring Amor Towles, Tim Murphy " "And Reverend Richard Coles.

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