Saturday, August 12, 2017
Golden Hill. Set in New York City in 1746, the action begins when a stranger gets off the boat from England. Protagonist Richard Smith presents a note to a merchant that requires paying a fortune, 1,000 pounds, to Smith. The merchant suspects a con, delays payment, and Smith finds himself well-known in the city almost overnight. Spufford keeps readers guessing about Smith’s legitimacy and the finely written descriptive prose makes NYC of the mid-eighteenth century come alive. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Golden Hill from amazon.com.