Read one page--one sentence--of Trauma (Knopf), Patrick McGrath's new novel, and you'll be hooked by this elegant psychological thriller set in the gritty, pre-gentrification Manhattan of the 1970s. At once a gripping mystery and a meditation on how little it takes to reopen the scars inflicted in childhood, Trauma reminds you of how satisfying it is to be unable to put a book down--and then, when it's over, to be sorry and relieved to reenter your own comparatively unhaunted life.
Andy's world is turned upside down when a brutal attack leaves Andy burned and the boy he loved as a son dead. At this crucial juncture, the angel abandons him to loneliness and pain. All that remains is the wooden box Andy has always kept safe, and a new angel, who will use its contents to reveal truth to him as a result, he discovers the defining truth of his life, new hope in the community he loves, and greater trust in the God who sustains him.
First published in 1986. Named one of the Best Books of that year by the American Library Association. After his mother’s death, a shy 10-year-old boy from the suburbs must find a place for himself with his grandmother’s boisterous Italian-American family in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood in the summer of 1961.