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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date February 1, 2000
Pages 272
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679447832
ISBN-10 0679447830
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $25.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The theft and mysterious reappearance of a cross from a Manhattan church precipitates a hunt for the culprits that will soon uncover a strange prophecy about a rebirth of the United States. 150,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In his workbook, a New York City novelist records the contents of his teeming brain--sketches for stories, accounts of his love affairs, riffs on the meanings of popular songs, ideas for movies, obsessions with cosmic processes. He is a virtual repository of the predominant ideas and historical disasters of the age. But now he has found a story he thinks may be-come his next novel: The large brass cross that hung behind the altar of St. Timothy's, a run-down Episco-pal church in lower Manhattan, has disappeared...and even more mysteriously reappeared on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism, on the Upper West Side. The church's maverick rector and the young woman rabbi who leads the synagogue are trying to learn who committed this strange double act of desecration and why. Befriending them, the novelist finds that their struggles with their respective traditions are relevant to the case. Into his workbook go his taped interviews, insights, preliminary drafts...and as he joins the clerics in pursuit of the mystery, it broadens to implicate a large cast of vividly drawn characters--including scientists, war veterans, prelates, Holocaust survivors, cabinet members, theologians, New York Times reporters, filmmakers, and crooners--in what proves to be a quest for an authentic spirituality at the end of this tortured century.

Daringly poised at the junction of the sacred and the profane, and filled with the sights and sounds of New York, this dazzlingly inventive masterwork emerges as the American novel readers have been thirsting for: a defining document of our times, a narrative of the twentieth century written for the twenty-first.

Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (July 1, 2000)
9780786226818 | details & prices | 514 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $31.95
About: The theft and mysterious reappearance of a cross from a Manhattan church precipitates a hunt for the culprits that will soon uncover a strange prophecy about a rebirth of the United States.
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from Random House Inc (February 1, 2000)
9780679447832 | details & prices | 272 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $25.00
About: The theft and mysterious reappearance of a cross from a Manhattan church precipitates a hunt for the culprits that will soon uncover a strange prophecy about a rebirth of the United States
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Random House Inc (August 19, 2014)
9780812985894 | details & prices | 272 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.58 lbs | List price $16.00
About: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   With brilliant and audacious strokes, E.
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (August 1, 2001)
9780786226849 | details & prices | 514 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $29.95
About: The theft and mysterious reappearance of a cross from a Manhattan church precipitates a hunt for the culprits that will soon uncover a strange prophecy about a rebirth of the United States.
New edition from Gardners Books (February 1, 2001)
9780349113524 | details & prices | 320 pages | List price $14.35
About: When the large cross of an Episcopal church disappears, and then reappears on the roof of a synagogue, an intrigued writer discovers that the respective religious leaders' struggles with their traditions are relevant to the case.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Nick Sullivan (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from John Curley & Assoc (September 1, 2000)
9780792724032 | details & prices | 6.25 × 7.00 × 2.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $84.95
About: box is damage.
With John Rubinstein (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Random House (February 1, 2000)
9780375408168 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $25.95
About: The theft and mysterious reappearance of a cross from a Manhattan church precipitates a hunt for the culprits that will soon uncover a strange prophecy about a rebirth of the United States.

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