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Christodora - Tim Murphy

Christodora - Tim Murphy

This is № 31 of an exclusive edition of only 150 copies

Title: Christodora

Author:  Tim Murphy

ISBN:  9781509818570

Weight:  961 g

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Christodora by Tim Murphy

The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions.  Their neighbour, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly’s and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate.  Meanwhile, the couple’s adopted son, Mateo, grows to appreciate the opportunities for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers.

As the junkies and protestors of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them.

Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.

A novel of great scope and ambition, Christodora is a bold and poignant portrait of the bohemian Manhattan of sex, drugs, art, and activism, from the early 1980s into the near future.

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora.

Peer & Press Reviews

A moving portrait of New York in the time of AIDS, Tim Murphy’s honest and insightful writing gives Christodora a particular vibrancy that causes the characters to leap, whole, into the reader’s imagination.  This spectacular novel is an important addition to literature that captures New York in all its glory and despair.

Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City

[Its] varied minds and voices are realized so convincingly that Christodora sometimes seems the product of spirit possession.  And it is joyous despite its subject matter…  Murphy’s skills are most nakedly on display as he describes the addictions in which Mateo and others find solace, and their electrical-shocking, soul-warping, mind-annihilating trips.  Desperately intense, it is the kind of scene that requires putting a book down for a moment to take a breather.

New York Times

An ambitious, time-traveling novel textured with the detail and depth of a writer who spent years reporting from the front.

New York magazine

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Christodora
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of just 150 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s number.  This page also gives the title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

Note: while this book is a UK hardcover first edition, the novel was originally published by Picador as an airside, open market paperback in August 2016.  Strictly speaking, this makes the paperback the UK first edition!

Book number: 31 of 150
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Publication date:
ISBN 13: 9781509818570
ISBN 10: 150981857X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 428
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 163 x 41mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Edwin Pabon
Jacket photograph: Joseph Reid / Millennium Images, UK

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