In the summer of 1948, 14 year old David Zielinsky can look forward to a job at the docks, the only way to make a living on his side of the city. Across the river lives 12 year old Anne O'Connor, daughter of the reigning political boss of Cuyahoga County. In this richly plotted novel, the two will meet and fall in love, and for 20 turbulent years, as their far city of Cleveland falls from grace, they will be consumed by a fiery, star-crossed romance. A deft & talented storyteller, Mark Winegardner charts the demise of Cleveland, artfully weaving such real-life characters as Eliot Ness, Alan Freed, and Carl Strokes into the tapestry of a tumultuous, epic love story.
Masterfully crafted and wildly entertaining, "this monumental tale of events great and small that together shaped the fabric of our society during the mid-20th century should not be missed" (Library Journal).
"A meaty, engrossing novel... It succeeds through its obsession with its subject in somehow transcending the very regionalism it celebrates" (The Chicago Tribune).