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The City Beautiful

The City Beautiful

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"An achingly rendered exploration of queer desire, grief, and the inexorable scars of the past." --Katy Rose Pool, author of There Will Come A Darkness

Death lurks around every corner in this unforgettable Jewish historical fantasy about a city, a boy, and the shadows of the past that bind them both together.

Chicago, 1893. For Alter Rosen, this is the land of opportunity, and he dreams of the day he'll have enough money to bring his mother and sisters to America, freeing them from the oppression they face in his native Romania.

But when Alter's best friend, Yakov, becomes the latest victim in a long line of murdered Jewish boys, his dream begins to slip away. While the rest of the city is busy celebrating the World's Fair, Alter is now living a nightmare: possessed by Yakov's dybbuk, he is plunged into a world of corruption and deceit, and thrown back into the arms of a dangerous boy from his past. A boy who means more to Alter than anyone knows.

Now, with only days to spare until the dybbuk takes over Alter's body completely, the two boys must race to track down the killer--before the killer claims them next.

"Chillingly sinister, warmly familiar, and breathtakingly transportive, The City Beautiful is the haunting, queer Jewish historical thriller of my darkest dreams."--Dahlia Adler, creator of LGBTQreads and editor of That Way Madness Lies

A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens 2021

Author: Aden Polydoros
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Published: 10/05/2021
Pages: 480
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.35h x 5.59w x 1.42d
ISBN: 9781335402509
Age Range: 13-UP
Award: Sydney Taylor Book Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2021
Publishers Weekly 08/09/2021
School Library Journal 09/01/2021 pg. 106
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 48
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2021
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