Doctorow, E. L. The Waterworks
New York, NY Random House, Incorporated 1994 0394587545 / 9780394587547 First Trade Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket
Corners slightly bumped, a couple pages creased from being paper clipped together. Red marker stripe on top edge (remainder mark?). Pages clean and bright.
The book is set in a post-Civil War New York City of the 1870s with maimed veterans begging in the streets, the Tweed Ring & conspicuous wealth glittering among mass misery. Young Martin Pemberton, a newspaper freelancer, encounters an old man who he recognizes as his supposedly dead & buried father. While searching for his father he disappears. His editor pursues the truth & in the process the author reveals New York City at a time of great energy & creativity. Doctorow states: "The soul of the city was always my subject and it was a roiling soul, twisting and turning over on itself and opening out again like a blown cloud."; Remainder; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall