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City on Fire is an excellent read that is compelling yet, very easy. Hallberg's choice of words are poignant and each has its own purpose. He paints an incredibly vivid world and makes extremely relatable, yet diverse characters. While every page is a new discovery of these complex and rich characters, Hallberg manages to also make a statement on humanity as a whole. It is both an enthralling and enriching piece of literature. — Misha D'Andrea
“Big, juicy, and full-throated, City on Fire absorbs readers into an expertly crafted 1970s New York City and introduces them to character after lushly drawn character: the charismatic young woman with a hidden life, her asthmatic punk groupie friend, the wizened reporter, the obscenely rich and rebellious, the not-so-rebellious, and those who love them. Their lives create a rich tapestry, beginning with a murder on the brink of the New Year in 1977 and culminating later that year during the infamous blackout. With unequivocal skill, Hallberg makes readers feel like they are holding the whole city in their hands. Breathe deep and enjoy the experience!”
— Melinda Powers (E), Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA