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The Gargoyle Hunters - A Novel

John Freeman Gill

Hilarious and poignant, The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and a deeply emotional story of fathers and sons. Intimately portraying New York's elbow-jostling relationship with time, the novel solves the mystery of a brazen and seemingly impossible architectural heist-the theft of an entire historic Manhattan building-that stunned the city and made the front page of The New York Times in 1974. With both his family and his city fracturing, thirteen-year-old Griffin Watts is recruited into his estranged father's illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business. Small and nimble, Griffin is charged with stealing exuberantly expressive nineteenth-century architectural sculptures-gargoyles-right off the faces of unsung tenements and iconic skyscrapers all over town. As his father explains it, these gargoyles, carved and cast by immigrant artisans during the city's architectural glory days, are an endangered species in this era of sweeping urban renewal. Desperate both to connect with his father and to raise cash to pay the mortgage on the brownstone where he lives with his mother and sister, Griffin is slow to recognize that his father's deepening obsession with preserving the architectural treasures of Beaux Arts New York is also a destructive force, imperiling Griffin's friendships, his relationship with his very first girlfriend, and even his life. As his father grows increasingly possessive of both Griffin's mother and his scavenged touchstones of the lost city, Griffin must learn how to build himself into the person he wants to become and discover which parts of his life can be salvaged-and which parts must be let go. Maybe loss, he reflects, is the only thing no one can ever take away from you. Tender, funny, and achingly sad, The Gargoyle Hunters introduces an extraordinary new novelist.

Hilarious and poignant, The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and a deeply emotional story of fathers and sons. Intimately portraying New York's elbow-jostling relationship with time, the novel solves the mystery of a brazen and seemingly impossible architectural heist-the theft of an entire historic Manhattan building-that stunned the city and made the front page of The New York Times in 1974. With both his family and his city fracturing, thirteen-year-old Griffin Watts is recruited into his estranged father's illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business. Small and nimble, Griffin is charged with stealing exuberantly expressive nineteenth-century architectural sculptures-gargoyles-right off the faces of unsung tenements and iconic skyscrapers all over town. As his father explains it, these gargoyles, carved and cast by immigrant artisans during the city's architectural glory days, are an endangered species in this era of sweeping urban renewal. Desperate both to connect with his father and to raise cash to pay the mortgage on the brownstone where he lives with his mother and sister, Griffin is slow to recognize that his father's deepening obsession with preserving the architectural treasures of Beaux Arts New York is also a destructive force, imperiling Griffin's friendships, his relationship with his very first girlfriend, and even his life. As his father grows increasingly possessive of both Griffin's mother and his scavenged touchstones of the lost city, Griffin must learn how to build himself into the person he wants to become and discover which parts of his life can be salvaged-and which parts must be let go. Maybe loss, he reflects, is the only thing no one can ever take away from you. Tender, funny, and achingly sad, The Gargoyle Hunters introduces an extraordinary new novelist.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Hilarious and poignant, The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and a deeply emotional story of fathers and sons. Intimately portraying New York's elbow-jostling relationship with time, the novel solves the mystery of a brazen and seemingly impossible architectural heist-the theft of an entire historic Manhattan building-that stunned the city and made the front page of The New York Times in 1974. With both his family and his city fracturing, thirteen-year-old Griffin Watts is recruited into his estranged father's illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business. Small and nimble, Griffin is charged with stealing exuberantly expressive nineteenth-century architectural sculptures-gargoyles-right off the faces of unsung tenements and iconic skyscrapers all over town. As his father explains it, these gargoyles, carved and cast by immigrant artisans during the city's architectural glory days, are an endangered species in this era of sweeping urban renewal. Desperate both to connect with his father and to raise cash to pay the mortgage on the brownstone where he lives with his mother and sister, Griffin is slow to recognize that his father's deepening obsession with preserving the architectural treasures of Beaux Arts New York is also a destructive force, imperiling Griffin's friendships, his relationship with his very first girlfriend, and even his life. As his father grows increasingly possessive of both Griffin's mother and his scavenged touchstones of the lost city, Griffin must learn how to build himself into the person he wants to become and discover which parts of his life can be salvaged-and which parts must be let go. Maybe loss, he reflects, is the only thing no one can ever take away from you. Tender, funny, and achingly sad, The Gargoyle Hunters introduces an extraordinary new novelist.

Language:

English

Length:

11h 28m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

13:10


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

26:20


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

21:01


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:18


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

08:45


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

33:56


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

22:01


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

12:22


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:58


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

25:20


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

36:56


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

08:05


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

14:34


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

07:05


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

08:11


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

05:34


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

15:23


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

02:57


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

10:07


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

09:45


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

19:02


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

45:08


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

05:38


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

17:24


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

10:03


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

21:29


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

14:47


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

11:01


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

03:51


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

10:43


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

12:04


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

07:53


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

09:11


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

10:25


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

21:05


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

12:02


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

06:05


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

06:02


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

11:37


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

02:21


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

05:01


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

16:44


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

06:25


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

11:52


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

59:59


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

04:00


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

06:51


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

10:59


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

00:34