Pub Date 10 Jan 2019
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It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota Apartments.
Anton’s father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career, a mission that takes him from the gritty streets of New York, to the slopes of the Lake Placid Olympics, to the Hollywood Hills, to the blue waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and brings him into close quarters with the likes of Johnny Carson, Ted and Joan Kennedy, and a seagoing John Lennon.
But the more Anton finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more he questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond.
"A thought-provoking time capsule... If you were a fan of TV's Mad Men, you might very well love this novel as much as I did." Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True
"Seamlessly mingling historical figures with invented ones, Tom Barbash conjures a gritty, populous, affectionate portrait of 1979 New York City "--Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach
"A wise and seductive story that feels truer than true, as only the very finest fiction does."--Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air
‘Deft, funny, touching, and sharply observed … A skilful evocation of a dark passage in the history of New York City, when all the fearful ironies of the world we live in now first came stalking into view.’ Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow