Praise for METROPOLIS
Gaffney has engineered a thrilling Brooklyn Bridge of a novel, at once old-fashioned and utterly modern, grand and charming, elegant and massive, imposing and delightful, carrying us in inimitable style across the rich, rank waters of New York Citys history.
—Michael Chabon, author of
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Thomas Mallon, author of Henry and Clara
The New Yorker
A towering work of brilliant imagination, as exquisitely written as it is intricately constructed. Metropolis, with all its brawn and brains and heart, will no doubt find its way into the skyline of the greatest of the great New York City classics.
David Grand, author of The Disappearing Body
Trust the excellent Elizabeth Gaffney—in her debut novel no less—to use the best of both history and her own considerable powers of creation to construct this compelling tale of a young immigrant's journey through the chaotic underbelly of post-Civil War New York. The star of Gaffney’s dazzling show may be male, but the true heroes are the crafty, clever and resilient female cast members who with their own 19th-century brand of girl-gang feminism help to reinvent the world.
author of P.S. and The Revisionist
Elizabeth Gaffney’s Metropolis is vibrant, richly detailed, and compellingly plotted. The territory of her late 19th-century underworld resembles that of Gangs of New York or Frederick Busch’s The Night Inspector, but the sensibility is all her own, and her characters are unforgettable.
author of Ship Fever and Servants of the Map
What an absorbing experience to visit Elizabeth Gaffney’s imagination while it shakes, shimmers and sizzles with extraordinary storytelling against the backdrop of history.
Anna Deavere Smith, author of Fires in the Mirror and Talk to Me
Gaffney has crafted an engrossing fable, smoothly told, fraught with suspense, and all the more poignant for the social issues it illuminates—issues that, as the book’s last lingering images suggest, must be resolved again and again by each succeeding generation.
Elle, March 2005