This is a book about New York and it's a book about time. It's a love story and it's a story of courage. It's a book that is so beautifully written that I found myself getting stuck on certain sentences, certain descriptions, wanting to read them again and again. It took me a long time to read this book, but only because I didn't want it to end. The device that Mr. Helprin uses to bend and twist time in this remarkable novel is so subtle that you may not realize at first the spell that he is weaving around you, but I promise that you will be drawn into that twisting and turning of time, and that it will make you stop and think. I don't think I've ever come across a more beautiful book. My thanks to Roy Settgas for telling me to read this one.