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The World of Tomorrow

(2017)
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One whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal follows three brothers through teeming prewar New York in this "entertaining . . . outsized . . . big, expressive debut" (Wall Street Journal).

June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother, Michael, are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin's home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family's revolutionary past.

When Tom Cronin, an erstwhile assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to fracture. Francis must surrender to blackmail or have his family suffer fatal consequences. Michael, lost and wandering alone, turns to Lilly Bloch, a heartsick artist, to recover his decimated memory. And Martin and his wife, Rosemary, try to salvage their marriage and, ultimately, the lives of the other Dempseys. Meanwhile, with the Depression receding, all of New York is suffused with an electric feeling of hope, caught up in the fervor of the World's Fair and eager for good times after a decade of deprivation.

From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the opulent Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of vagabonds and artists in the Bowery to the backroom warrens and shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell's Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings the prewar metropolis to vivid, pulsing life. The sweeping, intricate, and ambitious storytelling throughout this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war and focus instead on the promise of the World's Fair: a peaceful, prosperous "World of Tomorrow."

One whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal following three brothers through teeming prewar New York in this "entertaining . . . outsized . . . big, expressive debut" (Wall Street Journal)

"A masterfully crafted novel . . . Comic, violent, and moving in equal measure."-John Irving

"As rich and raucous as the city it celebrates."-O., The Oprah Magazine

"Admirably fearless . . . Mathews has talent in buckets."-New York Times Book Review

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Brash, bold, completely entertaining, and dazzling in its evocation of time and place, Brendan Mathews's splendid debut offers pleasures on every page." - Andrea Barrett

"What a book! The World of Tomorrow is a panoramic tour-de-force, a huge undertaking peopled with convincing characters and animated by a persuasive historical accuracy." - Ann Beattie

"In this sweeping book of slippery secret identities, Brendan Mathews invites us to sink deeply into the hearts and minds of a score of colorful characters. Magically constructed and methodically researched, The World of Tomorrow is a vastly entertaining novel about the powerful pull of family, the weight of history, and the allure of escaping into a better life-all set against a vivid and unforgettable New York." - Eleanor Henderson

"What a beguiling debut Brendan Mathews has given us in The World of Tomorrow clever, smart, ambitious, richly textured, and moving." - Richard Russo


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Hardback Editions

September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
ISBN: 0-316-38219-1 / 978-0-316-38219-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The World of Tomorrow (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
ISBN: 1-4328-4336-2 / 978-1-4328-4336-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
ISBN: 0-316-38218-3 / 978-0-316-38218-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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October 2017 : Australia Paperback
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Title: World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
ISBN: 1-925640-61-2 / 978-1-925640-61-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
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Audio Editions

September 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2017 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
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September 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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September 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The World of Tomorrow
Author(s): Brendan Mathews
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon UK