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TransAtlantic

Author: Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House
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Colum McCann's follow-up to Let the Great World Spin, his novel of the 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers, takes as its subject trips across the Atlantic Ocean between America and Ireland. Again, McCann uses history to create the kind of human drama that makes it feel all right to be alive. British pilots John Alcock and Arthur Brown, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who worked on the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Ireland, all make appearances in the sweeping novel. —Ross Scarano

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