Paradise Alley (Paperback)

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They came by boat from a starving land—and by the Underground Railroad from Southern chains—seeking refuge in a crowded, filthy corner of hell at the bottom of a great metropolis. But in the terrible July of 1863, the poor and desperate of Paradise Alley would face a new catastrophe—as flames from the war that was tearing America in two reached out to set their city on fire.

Praise For…

“Rich in color and drama.... Extraordinary.... A triumph.”


“An engrossing epic”

“A page-turning epic.”

“Deftly plotted, fabulously detailed, and never less than absorbing.”

“Extraordinary....Baker achieves a hallucinatory realism packed with sensory detail, demonstrating why historical fiction is able to trump conventional historiography.”

“Extraordinary....Baker achieves a hallucinatory realism packed with sensory detail.”

“Paradise Alley probes the primal mysteries of and war with skill, drama and deep humanity.”

“Skillfully illuminates a little-known episode in this country’s history.”

“[A] richly detailed, impeccably researched drama.”

“[A] huge success....fascinating, instructive, never pedantic.”

“Paradise Alley is a skillful historical reconstruction -- an exploration of love and loyalty.”

“Inspired.... vividly entertaining, and its themes are as timely as any drawn from this morning’s newspaper. ”

“A rare and special work.”

“[An] extraordinary talent....Kevin Baker is quickly altering the landscape of American historical fiction.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060875954
ISBN-10: 006087595X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2006
Pages: 704
Language: English
Series: City of Fire Trilogy