This novel, like his earlier work, Snow in August, involves a young boy, New York City, and a healthy dose of magic. Cormac O'Connor comes to New York from Ireland in 1741 and receives a gift. He is granted eternal life, as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan. What follows is a wonderful story of New York City that rumbles through the generations and ends with the events of September 11. It's a great, imaginative and very moving read. It's also a love story. Beautifu.