Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is a fabulous book! I am amazed it was not chosen for any literary awards. In my opinion, it should have been given a well deserved prize. The story is so good and incredibly written.
The fictional novel was published in 2009 and the story revolves around a real life tightrope walker who accomplished a daring feat in August of 1974 by walking a tightrope extended between the Twin Towers. Using the tightrope walker as the starting point, McCann magically weaves words and stories of different people in NYC around the man up on the high wire. Without realizing it, many of the people are connected in one way or another. Their stories are told a chapter at a time and culminate as the novel unfolds.
It is a phenomenal novel and the writing so good that the reader can’t help but feel for the characters in it. This story hit home for me on many levels and made me think about life, the good, the bad, and the ways in which, like the tightrope strung between the towers, we are all connected. I highly recommend it.