ARC Debut – Gargoyle Hunters by John Freeman Gill
December 19, 2016
This is a first person coming of age story set mostly in 1970’s New York, with an original plot, sophisticated metaphors, and elegant writing. It could also be a potential teen crossover but the themes and writing style will likely appeal most to an adult audience. The moral tension of a 13 year old boy drawn to an interesting and exciting way to bond with his separated father, not knowing whether what they are doing is noble or criminal or some of both, is keen. I am ordering copies that should be in the catalog within a couple weeks. Comment to claim.
Gill, John Freeman. The Gargoyle Hunters. Knopf, March 2017.
Publisher Summary: “Griffin Watts is 13 years old in 1974 New York, a city which, at the brink of financial collapse, seems to crumble around him at roughly the same rate as his family. Desperate to forge a connection to his father, Griffin gets co-opted into his illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business, which allows him to discover the centuries old sculptures (gargoyles) carved into buildings all over the city by immigrant artisans. As his father’s obsession with preserving the landmark buildings around him descends into mania, Griffin has to learn how to build himself into the person he wants to become–and let go of what he cannot keep” —