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The Resource North River : a novel, Pete Hamill

North River : a novel, Pete Hamill

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North River : a novel
Title
North River
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Pete Hamill
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eng
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Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Famous New York City writer Hamill is as closely identified with his native city as the Empire State Building or the Bowery. As usual, his new novel draws closely and intensely from the streets of New York (details are plentiful, and all of them are just right), but, also usual for him, the book's appeal extends far beyond the five boroughs. The time is the 1930s; New York, as elsewhere, is grim with economic staleness. Add into the stew that is New York life big helpings of political corruption and internecine Mob warfare. Dr. James Delaney is himself of the streets, and when his old friend, a Mob leader, needs emergency care, Delaney steps in; however, by that act, the doctor also steps into a rival Mob conflict. In the meantime, Delaney's teenage daughter has abandoned, literally on his doorstep, her three-year-old son, and now Delaney is called on to gather himself in the face of an obligation bigger than his funk over his runaway daughter and his also-gone-missing wife. He takes on Rose as housekeeper, and her presence in his household soon becomes essential. Hamill is not ordinarily thought of as a historical novelist, but if, as the saying goes, the shoe fits, wear it. It is an extremely good fit here. -- Brad Hooper (Reviewed 04-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 16, p5)
  • /* Starred Review */ T he North River is what real New Yorkers call the Hudson. Two blocks from its shore, Dr. James Finbar Delaney lives on Horatio Street in Greenwich Village. He is a GP, servicing the indigent poor. A wounded veteran of World War I, he is despondent that his wife, Molly, has deserted him and that his only child, Grace, has left her son, two-year-old Carlito, in his care. In the dead of winter in the Depression year of 1934, Dr. Delaney knows “the cause of death was always life.” Delaney is numb from the war and the abandonment of his family. When he saves the life of gangster friend Eddie Corso, Italian hood Frankie Botts is not happy. Delaney can feel the threat to him and his grandson in his bones. To further complicate matters, the FBI shows up looking for Grace. If there’s any consolation for Delaney in the chaos that has become his life, it’s Carlito and Rose, his Sicilian illegal alien housekeeper, who has become little Carlito’s surrogate mother—and Delaney’s lover. Soon the North River comes to symbolize Delaney’s tormented life, as enemies and loved ones float in it, and Grace, on a liner, returns to New York to further complicate Delaney’s new, delicate household. Hamill (Forever ; A Drinking Life ) has crafted a beautiful novel, rich in New York City detail and ambience, that showcases the power of human goodness and how love, in its many forms, can prevail in an unfair world. 5-city author tour. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 23, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 17, p30)
  • Hamill (Forever, 2002, etc.) returns with a gritty Depression-era story about a grief-stricken doctor rejuvenated by an unwelcome challenge: raising his small grandson. New Year's Day, 1934: New York is buried under snow. Dr. Jim Delaney, middle-aged, Irish, is summoned to treat Eddie Corso, a mobster shot in a gang war. Delaney and Eddie were in the trenches in France in 1918; the doctor would never forsake him. He gives his friend a morphine shot and smuggles him into the hospital for surgery. When he returns to his home in downtown Manhattan, he finds a boy he's never seen before; there's a note from his teenage daughter Grace, pleading for him to take care of two-year-old Carlito; she's off to Spain to look for her husband, a Mexican revolutionary. Delaney is furious with Grace, the only child he spoiled rotten, in an effort to make amends for his absence in France. His wife Molly never did forgive his volunteering to be a medic; 16 months before she had walked toward the river, never to return. Delaney has been on autopilot ever since as he attends scrupulously to his poverty-stricken patients and makes house calls. Carlito could be the last straw, but the doctor rallies with the help of Rose, an attractive Sicilian immigrant he hires to run his new household. Meanwhile, Eddie's gangland rival is demanding to know Eddie's whereabouts. Carlito must be protected, from the patients' germs inside and prowling mobsters outside. Trying times, but the upside is that Delaney comes alive again, enchanted by Carlito and strongly attracted to the indispensable Rose. Hamill's story continues strong up to the halfway point, when he runs out of plot. Delaney and Rose eventually become lovers, though Rose seems more at home in the kitchen than the bedroom. Better realized than the lovers is a vanished New York, with its appalling proneness to disease, its rough streets and hectic pleasures. Hamill the realist prevails (mostly) over the sentimentalist in this above-average entertainment. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2007)
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164243
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DLC
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1935-
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Hamill, Pete
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.A423
LC item number
N67 2007
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Physicians
  • Poor
  • Grief
  • Grandparent and child
  • Nineteen thirties
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
North River : a novel, Pete Hamill
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/north-river-by-pete-hamill/
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rdacarrier
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text
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Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780316340588
Lccn
2006038088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • 76800668
  • (OCoLC)76800668
Label
North River : a novel, Pete Hamill
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/north-river-by-pete-hamill/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780316340588
Lccn
2006038088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 76800668
  • (OCoLC)76800668

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