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Blood, Sweat and Tears of N.Y. Birth

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/blood_sweat_and_tears_of_ny_birth_20031107

"City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterstam and Early Manhattan," by Beverly Swerling. (Scribner paperback, $15.) John Irving, whose novels have the rare distinction of being widely praised, read and filmed, has said that he always follows havoc with healing. Spanning the destruction-filled years of 1661 to 1798, Beverly Swerling's sprawling and successful novel about the origins of Manhattan purposely offers her readers no such solace.

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