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Make Me A City: A Novel of Chicago Rising
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Jonathan Carr
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Make Me A City: A Novel of Chicago Rising

Jonathan Carr


Scribe Publications

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Historical fiction


512 pages

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It is 1800. On desolate, marshy ground between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, a man builds a house and a city is born ...

This masterful debut novel spans Chicago's tumultuous first century, showing how a city is made- by a succession of vivid, sometimes villainous individuals and their cumulative invention, energy, and vision.

We meet the city's unacknowledged founder, a descendant of colonisers and slaves; witness the dispersal of the indigenous Native Americans; hear stories of an entrepreneur, an engineer, a courageous female reporter, and a corrupt alderman; and track the lives of immigrants from all over the world, as they struggle for acceptance in a country they have built.

Chicago, its inhabitants and its history are brought to dazzling, colourful life in this epic tale that speaks of not just one city but America as a whole, and of how people come to find their place in the world.

By:   Jonathan Carr
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781925322989
ISBN 10:   192532298X
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Carr, a Classics and English graduate of Cambridge University, holds a PhD from Bath Spa University in Creative Writing, a subject he first studied in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A prize-winning author of short fiction, he has previously worked as a travel correspondent and books reviewer. He lives in Bologna, Italy. His interest in Chicago derives from visits he has made there over many years. Make Me a City is his first novel.

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