1st Book of the Year! 2014
January 1, 2014 56 Comments
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First book of the year
My first book of the year is The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages, but with the TBR pile as it is, I just stood with the book in my hands at the book shop, sighed, and put it away again. And that happened on several visits to the shop. But then I got the Dutch edition from the Dutch publishers. Well, I didn’t sigh, I whooped, and decided this would be the ideal book for the First Book of the Year.
This is what it’s about (from the publishers):
Recently released from prison, Lamont Williams, an African American probationary janitor in a Manhattan hospital and father of a little girl he can’t locate, strikes up an unlikely friendship with an elderly patient, a Holocaust survivor who was a prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
A few blocks uptown, historian Adam Zignelik, an untenured Columbia professor, finds both his career and his long-term romantic relationship falling apart. Emerging from the depths of his own personal history, Adam sees, in a promising research topic suggested by an American World War II veteran, the beginnings of something that might just save him professionally, and perhaps even personally.
As these men try to survive in early-twenty-first-century New York, history comes to life in ways neither of them could have foreseen. Two very different paths—Lamont’s and Adam’s—lead to one greater story as The Street Sweeper, in dealing with memory, love, guilt, heroism, the extremes of racism and unexpected kindness, spans the twentieth century to the present, and spans the globe from New York to Chicago to Auschwitz.
I’ve heard such good things about it so I’m very keen to start this huge book (the Dutch editions are always twice the size of the originals – give or take a grain of salt).
What is your first book of the year?