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This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann

sideRecommended by Jeff in Technical Services…

Jeff’s synopsis:
Nathan Walker is a sandhog, a man who has the dangerous job of digging tunnels for the New York Subway in the early 1900s. Treefrog used to work on the extreme opposite — high in the sky building skyscrapers — before his descent into homelessness brought him to live in the same tunnels that Nathan helped build.

He says:
Colum McCann tells the parallel story of two men: one who works digging the tunnels for the New York subway in the 1900s, and the other a homeless man who lives in these tunnels. I couldn’t imagine going down to work in those tunnels much less living in them, but the author does a great job bringing these lives to the surface and bringing their stories together.