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 happy that he is agreed to do a reading with Gay's the Word. Uli from the bookshop had the pleasure of meeting Tim last summer in Brooklyn and fell in love with this novel. We've been counting the days to UK publication. All welcome to this free event but booking is required.
Christodora by Tim Murphy
A novel of great scope and ambition, Christodora is a bold and poignant portrait of the bohemian Manhattan of sex, drugs, art, and activism, from the early 1980s into the near future.
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 and Jared's lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared'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.
Published Feb 23rd. Longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Join us at the New Bloomsbury Set bar for this FREE event! Please note this venue is basement level with step access only. The New Bloomsbury Set is on the corner of Marchmont Street and Tailstock Place (entrance on Tavistock Place).
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