Let The Great World Spin
Authors: Column McCann
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Price: $32.99 (Hardcover)
Philippe Petit’s daring 1974 high wire expedition between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York serves as the catalyst for Colum McCann’s mosaic of the city, Let the Great World Spin. On trial for the “artistic crime of the century,” Petit is but one character in the interconnected stories that ensue. From prostitute mother Tillie turning tricks to support her family, to the artist Blaine’s wife Lara, who checks on victims of a car crash her husband drove away from, McCann weaves characters’ lives together, offering glimpses of life familiar to post-9/11 New York.