Christodora

Christodora

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, 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 that New York offers"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802125286
080212528X
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: MURPHY, T

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jeana12 May 23, 2017

This book is excellent! I could not put it down-
filled with such deep characters that are all connected, I cannot express how much I adored this novel.

Michael Colford Oct 08, 2016

I picked up TIm Murphy's Christodora based on a recommendation by Scott Heim and was very pleasantly surprised. Focusing on an iconic building in the East Village, and spanning decades Murphy explores elements of the historic AIDS movement through the lens of a diverse group of artists whose paths cross in unexpected ways. Milly and Jared are a young couple coming of age in the 90's, exploring their art, and struggling with their pasts and their future together. They adopt a 5-year old boy named Mateo, whose single Mom has died of complications from the AIDS virus. This is the central core of this sprawling story that includes Milly's Mom, Ava, who worked for the Department of Health; their neighbor Hector, once a pivotal force in AIDS activism, now a drug addict who can't let go of the past; Drew, Milly's best friend, who overcame her addiction, fled New York City and found success as a writer, and Yssa, a young Latina woman who left a small but powerful impact on the world after contracting the AIDS virus and fighting to show that women get AIDS too.

The narrative jumps around through time, with interesting revelations emerging at surprising moments. It's a compelling read, with flawed characters... some almost to the point of alienation, but Murphy manages to skirt that pitfall. His descriptions of heroin use are visceral and disturbing, and the complex relationships between characters are kaleidoscopic. While the book annoyed me at times, overall, I enjoyed it a great deal. Thanks for the recommendation, Mr. Heim!

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