By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
There are millions of stories in the city—some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws readers into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a “piano man”; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live—and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.
“The City is the coming-of-age story of nine year old Jonah Kirk growing up in the 1960s, told by his older self. Jonah is a young musical prodigy who loves to play the piano and lives with his mum on the fourth floor of an apartment building. The city of the title comes in the form of the mysterious Miss Pearl, who gives Jonah advice at important times in his life and seems very otherworldly. She tells Jonah that she is the city and all it’s people and she looks over Jonah. Jonah’s father has left the family, and he befriends his Japanese American neighbour Mr. Nashioka and together they discover a fellow neighbour is up to no good and her actions could have grave consequences. Jonah builds incredible relationships with Malcolm (who lives across the road) and his relationship with Mr. Nashioka was deeply moving. The City is a story of fate, luck, tragedy, family and love with a light touch of the paranormal and it’s what I’ve been waiting to read from Koontz for years! There are no monsters or great battles between good and evil, and no dog central to the plot. But what is offered is a glimpse into the life of one young boy and the influence of his guardian, Miss Pearl and the unforgettable Mr. Nashioka, a humble tailor. This is easily the best Dean Koontz book I’ve ever read and I recommend it highly!”