New York City, August 1974, the people of lower Manhattan stand quiet, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. A mysterious tightrope walker is running and dancing between the towers. Philippe Petit’s daring stunt sets the stage for McCann’s many characters, a seemingly disparate group of ordinary people who’s lives eventually intertwine in this powerful allegory of hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century”.
By Colum McCann
Publication Date: June 23, 2009