A new novel about the AIDS epidemic has all the book critics singing its praises.
Christodora, a novel by Tim Murphy, tells the story of “a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora.” This book tells the story of all of people who live in this building between the 1980s and the 2020s and the gigantic events that change their lives and their worlds. “The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared’s adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers.”
The novel has been highlighted as an Amazon Top 10 Best Book Of The Month, longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and awarded the title of Publishers Weekly Big Indie Book of Fall 2016.
Interview magazine said the Christodora is “this year’s most ambitious and devastating contribution to the New York City realist novel . . . It’s the beauty of [Murphy’s] storytelling that anchors this all-encompassing novel . . . It’s the rare kind of book that not only stays with you, but haunts your entire neighborhood after you read it . . . Christodora is a massive achievement.”
Publisher’s Weekly describes it as: “[A] vivid account of the AIDS crisis and its aftermath . . . Murphy has written The Bonfire of the Vanities for the age of AIDS, using the same reportorial skills as Tom Wolfe to re-create the changing decades, complete with a pitch-perfect deployment of period detail. Skipping back and forth in time over 40 years, and projecting itself into the near future, the novel achieves a powerful evocation of the plague years.”
And Metro News says that the novel: “captures, over three decades, how AIDS devastated the [LGBTQ] community, and continues to act like a malevolent ghost over the families, friends and lovers of those affected by the epidemic . . . [An] epic story.”
We strongly recommend you pick up Christodora as well, so you too will know what all the hype is about.