• The cover of the book Ragtime

    Ragtime

    This game-changing novel features New York at the turn of the twentieth century, blurring the line between fact and fiction as the city and her people shake off the last trappings of the Gilded Age. The primary characters are the members of a wealthy family, an African-American musician, and a tenement-dwelling father and daughter. The lives of these characters intersect in ways that alter their futures as well as the world around them. The novel shows the city to be a place of sickening injustice, even as that same injustice propels a social revolution.

     
  • The cover of the book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content)

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content)

    In the ambitious spirit of Ragtime, this novel features cameos from real-life figures and features New York as a microcosm of the United States at a difficult crossroads in its history. With humor that belies the sometimes heavy subject matter, Chabon immerses the reader fully in Sammy and Joe’s world.

     
  • The cover of the book Girl in Translation

    Girl in Translation

    Long after Ellis Island ceased to be the entry point into the United States, the Statue of Liberty still welcomes immigrants to New York. For this reason, it’s hardly surprising that the city would be the focal point for many immigrant narratives. In this novel, Kimberly Chang struggles with culture shock and the language barrier as she works to achieve success. She draws on her impressive intelligence and strength to navigate the unfamiliar culture of a bustling city in this relatable tale of new beginnings.