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Let the Great World Spin

(2009)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book
An American masterpiece from internationally bestselling novelist Colum McCann - a dazzling and hauntingly rich vision of the loveliness, pain, and mystery of New York City in the 1970s

In the dawning light of the late summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. . . . It is August, 1974, and a tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter-mile in the sky. In the streets below, ordinary lives become extraordinary as award-winning novelist Colum McCann crafts this stunningly realized portrait of a city and its people.

Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among prostitutes in the Bronx. A group of mothers, gathered in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn the sons who died in Vietnam, discovers how much divides them even in their grief. Further uptown, Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenaged daughter, determined not only to take care of her 'babies' but to prove her own worth.

Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's powerful novel comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the tightrope walker's 'artistic crime of the century.'

McCann's most ambitious work to date, Let the Great World Spin is an unmistakable and triumphantly American masterpiece.

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Praise for this book

"Fearless, huge-hearted, a poet with every living breath." - Peter Carey


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Used availability for Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin

Hardback Editions

June 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Let the Great World Spin (Center Point Platinum Reader's Circle (Large Print))
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-60285-764-4 / 978-1-60285-764-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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July 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 0-7475-9722-7 / 978-0-7475-9722-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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June 2009 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Let The Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-55468-482-X / 978-1-55468-482-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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June 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4000-6373-6 / 978-1-4000-6373-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Let The Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4434-1231-7 / 978-1-4434-1231-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2011 : Canada Paperback

Title: Let The Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum Mccann
ISBN: 1-55468-985-6 / 978-1-55468-985-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada
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December 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 0-8129-7399-2 / 978-0-8129-7399-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-1092-1 / 978-1-4088-1092-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-0118-3 / 978-1-4088-0118-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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January 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Let The Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-55468-483-8 / 978-1-55468-483-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada
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December 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-0868-4 / 978-1-4088-0868-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-0049-7 / 978-1-4088-0049-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
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ISBN: 1-61523-933-2 / 978-1-61523-933-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Audio Editions

January 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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January 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN CD
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4074-4900-1 / 978-1-4074-4900-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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November 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2009 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4407-6232-5 / 978-1-4407-6232-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2009 : USA Audio CD

Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4407-6234-1 / 978-1-4407-6234-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Let The Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Let the Great World Spin
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon