by Tim Murphy


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In this epic, ambitious, and deeply poignant novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse group of people whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and the activism of the 1980s to a future New York City of the 2020s where subzero winters are a thing of the past, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, portrays the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life a bohemian Lower Manhattan of artists and idealists.

On Avenue B in the East Village, the Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a gay Puerto Rican man who was at one point celebrated for his work as an AIDS activist but has now descended into the throes of drug addiction, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared’s adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion offered by New York City. As the junkies and protestors of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they in turn to the wealthy inhabitants of the glass towers of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them.

Christodora is a panoramic novel that powerfully evokes the danger, chaos, and wonder of New York City—and the strange and moving ways in which its dwellers’ lives can intersect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802126832
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 317,594
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tim Murphy has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine , where he was an editor and staff writer, Out , Advocate , and New York magazine, where his July 2014 cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, and travel for publications including the New York Times , Condé Nast Traveler , Details , and Yahoo! Style. He is the author of Getting Off Clean and The Breeders Box. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Christodora 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The interlocking stories kept me so interested. There were parts that made me happy and others that were dark and haunting and I felt so connected to the characters..especially Mateo. It was fascinating hearing about the AIDS epidemic and how far our society has come since the 80s. This was a great read and one that I couldnt stop thinking about even after I had finished it. Definitely would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Others have already said it - this is a powerful, evocative, novel, like a poignant walk down memory lane. I know I'll re-read this novel for its lovable, believable characters; its compassionate, multi-layered insights into the world of addiction and the challenges of family and other inter-personal relationships; and last but not least, for the painful, yet pride-filled memories it brings back. Thank you.
susan568SW More than 1 year ago
About damn time I had a five star read!!!! Tim Murphy has done an excellent job showing us what the AIDS crises looked like in 1984 and beyond.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
What a journey I have just been on while reading this book. A journey that spanned over 40 years and introduced me to many of the people who lived in a building called the Christodora. It's amazing how the author intertwined their lives in and out those 40 years. A lot of the book dealt with AIDS and drugs. It really delves into the issues of why it took so long to come up with a cure and why the disease wasn't recognized. And what people had to go through before it became so. I remember this time somewhat. I was pregnant in 1988 and one of my very good friends had AIDS. He was dying and I could not go see him to tell him goodbye. No one knew a lot about this disease and I could not subject my unborn child to it. It still tears me apart. It also dealt with the issues of drugs becoming commonplace in the 1980's and how talented and intelligent people can willing use and accept them to "escape". Actually, there are so many other issues that this book dealt with as well. I just know that I spent a whole day with these characters and I was mesmerized. I could not put the book down. I was so sad when it ended. I was not ready to say goodbye to these people. I knew these people, They had become a part of my life. My emotions for some of them changed so many times during my journey. I just can't say it enough how much I enjoyed reading and spending the day with this book. I highly recommend it. It was wonderfully written and it really appealed to me in so many ways. Thanks Grove Atlantic and Net Galley for the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.