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Golden Hill

Francis Spufford
# UQ0682 Paperback, 302 pages; 2018 (2016)
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In 1746 New York, a young man calling himself "Mr. Smith" arrives from England with a bill of credit for one thousand pounds sterling… and without any explanation for who he is or how he came by this small fortune. Mr. Lovell of Lovell & Company counting house refuses to cash the bill in full without additional proof from the stranger's London creditors, but in the meantime would Mr. Smith like to join his family for dinner? So begins this deliciously entertaining "novel of old New York," as the charming and enigmatic Mr. Smith becomes the colonial city's most popular attraction—and its prime target. Within days of his arrival, Smith is robbed, befriended by a spy, chased by a bloodthirsty mob, charmed by a formidable woman, and threatened with hanging. But even in his most dire moments, Smith refuses to reveal the truth of his identity…or the secret mission that brought him to New York. I raced through this exuberant historical novel, gasping at its surprises and delighting in Mr. Smith's antics— which were by turns humorous, madcap, and heartbreaking. What an adventure! (KG)
 
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