It is a singular period in New York State history, soon after the Irish have finished digging the Erie Canal and just before the railroads combine to threaten the livelihoods of those first drawn to that artificial river. The Civil War has just ended and the country wants to believe in something again. It's the perfect time for a calculating man to not only make a philosophical statement, but a financial killing as well. For a time, George Hull's miraculous giant was even more popular than Niagara Falls. Unknowingly caught in the enveloping ruse are the intersecting paths of two youths on the verge of becoming men.
Ann Close - Alfred A Knopf: Onondaga Hollow is a good read. Joan Bingham - Grove/Atlantic: The characters are charming and their adventures are very fun to follow. Jackie Farber - Delacorte: Barton Farrow, Eben Quinn and Tucker Nolan are all well-developed characters and the idea behind this novel is a good one.