National Book Award, Fiction, 2009
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2011
It is August, 1974, and a tightrope walker is suspended between the twin towers, watched by thousands in the streets below. Elegantly weaving together their 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." Featuring a stunning ensemble performance by the narrators.