Books: City on Fire

New novel shines light on life during New York’s 1977 blackout.

City on Fire is the debut novel from Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf, $30). The story takes place in the 1970s in New York City and focuses on the mayhem leading up to the city’s 1977 blackout. An intermixing of a variety of characters creates a tapestry of cultures and diversity, with perspectives from artists, brokers, bankers, cops and anarchists, resulting in a startlingly ambitious read. Turn on your lamp, mix yourself a drink and dive in to this fantastic novel that is perfect for cold nights.

-Matt Keliher is the manager at SubText Books