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Fordham University Press has announced the formation of New York ReLit, a sub-imprint of Empire State Editions, which will publish historical literary fiction, beginning with the April 2021 trade paperback re-issue of a timely American classic: distinguished Irish American author Peter Quinn’s 1995 American Book Award-winning novel, The Banished Children of Eve: A Novel of Civil War New York (2008).
The Banished Children of Eve: A Novel of Civil War New York looks back to the third year of the Civil War when the North is about to impose its first military draft, a decision that helped spark one of the most devastating and destructive urban riots in American history.
The Banished Children of Eve: A Novel of Civil War New York traces that event as it grips New York City. The cast is drawn from every strata: a likeable and laconic Irish American hustler, an ambitious and larcenous Yankee stockbroker, an immigrant serving girl, a beautiful and mysterious biracial actress and her white minstrel lover as well as a cluster of real-life characters, including General George McClellan, Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes and fast-declining musical genius Stephen Foster. The fates of these characters coalesce in the cataclysm of the Draft Riots, as a pivotal period in the history of New York.
Peter Quinn is a novelist, political historian, and foremost chronicler of New York City. He is the author of Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America and the trilogy of historical detective novels — Hour of the Cat, The Man Who Never Returned, and Dry Bones.
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