A Novel

Book - 2016
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An artistic couple, their adopted son, and a once-celebrated AIDS activist connect in unexpected ways in their bohemian Manhattan East Village apartment over the course of decades marked by the Tompkins Square Riots, addiction, the hipster generation, and the glass-ceiling wealth of the 2020s.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780802125286
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 24 cm


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 05, 2019

Wow. A somewhat grim look at early AIDS activism. A thought provoking novel that will stick with me for a long time. Looking forward to reading his new novel.

jeana12 May 23, 2017

This book is excellent! I could not put it down-
filled with such deep characters that are all connected, I cannot express how much I adored this novel.

Michael Colford Oct 08, 2016

I picked up TIm Murphy's Christodora based on a recommendation by Scott Heim and was very pleasantly surprised. Focusing on an iconic building in the East Village, and spanning decades Murphy explores elements of the historic AIDS movement through the lens of a diverse group of artists whose paths cross in unexpected ways. Milly and Jared are a young couple coming of age in the 90's, exploring their art, and struggling with their pasts and their future together. They adopt a 5-year old boy named Mateo, whose single Mom has died of complications from the AIDS virus. This is the central core of this sprawling story that includes Milly's Mom, Ava, who worked for the Department of Health; their neighbor Hector, once a pivotal force in AIDS activism, now a drug addict who can't let go of the past; Drew, Milly's best friend, who overcame her addiction, fled New York City and found success as a writer, and Yssa, a young Latina woman who left a small but powerful impact on the world after contracting the AIDS virus and fighting to show that women get AIDS too.

The narrative jumps around through time, with interesting revelations emerging at surprising moments. It's a compelling read, with flawed characters... some almost to the point of alienation, but Murphy manages to skirt that pitfall. His descriptions of heroin use are visceral and disturbing, and the complex relationships between characters are kaleidoscopic. While the book annoyed me at times, overall, I enjoyed it a great deal. Thanks for the recommendation, Mr. Heim!

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