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North River
North River
Author: Pete Hamill
It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great — Depression. With enormous compassion, Dr. James Delaney — tends to his hurt, sick, and poor neighbors, who include — gangsters, day laborers, prostitutes, and housewives. If they — can't pay, he treats them anyway. — But in his own life, Delaney is emotionally numb, haunted — by the slaug...  more
ISBN-13: 9780316340588
ISBN-10: 0316340588
Publication Date: 6/11/2007
Pages: 352
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4.1 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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I absolutely loved this book. It's what I call one of my "comfortable" books. So well written and descriptive of the wonderful characters. I think that some books are just 'overdone'. The authors go on and on to the point where you are skipping many paragraphs out of pure boredom. I never felt this way reading "North River". Loved the beautiful characters and especially the Grandpa and his special little grandson sharing simple experiences that I still think about.

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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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I really liked this book. In fact, I found it hard to put down! Harking back to the 1930's in New York, it's about the life of a doctor, his daughter, and his missing wife.
Characters are added, each drawn believably, and we also are drawn into the story. Rich with details of the time, I also liked it because I grew up in NY and some of the things brought back memories. I wasn't born in this period of time, but the geographical descriptions are timeless.

I would say this book is a character study: the doctor starts with "baggage," then must confront new problems. How he faces them are what makes the book so good
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Pete Hamill is one of my favorite writers. I wish that he had published more. This book provides wonderful historical pictures of NY City while carrying on a plot that will keep you up late at night.
I really enjoyed this one.
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What a great story about a man who is a doctor whose daughter leaves her young son on his doorstep and what a bond they form.It is also a love story between the doctor and Rose who comes to tend to the boy.He really knows how to tell a story.I couldnt put the book down.
This was my first time reading this author but it wont be the last.

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