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COLUM MCCANN, LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN

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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Random House, $25)


The Irish-American author pulls a DeLillo on Phillipe Petit in this social epic. Using the Frenchman's famous 1974 Twin Towers tightrope walk as the axis around which the story revolves, he paints a picture of malaise-era New York and the diverse cast of junkies, socialites, artists, and priests that inhabited it—and creates a sweeping potboiler. Timothy Hodler


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