Netherland - LARGE PRINT Author:Joseph O'Neill In New York City following 9/11, Hans, a banker from the Netherlands, finds himself marooned among the occupants of the Chelsea Hotel after his English wife and son return to London. Alone, untethered, and feeling lost in the country he'd come to regard as home, Hans stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where, thanks to a f... more »riendship with Trindadian Chuck Ramkissoon, Hans begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country.
Ramkissoon, a Gatsby-like-figure - part idealist and part operator - introduces Hans to an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality. Hans is alternately seduced and instructed by Chuck's ability to hold fast to a sense of possibility in which Hans has come to lose faith.
In Netherland, Joseph O'Neill, gives us a flawlessly drawn picture of a little-known New York, and the fading promise of 21st century America from an outsider's vantage point - the complicated relationship between the American dream and its dreamers.« less