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Billy Bathgate
The story of a teenage boy from New York who idolizes the notorious Dutch Schultz and delves somewhat into Dutch's history and associates, but mainly tells the story straight and intensely from Billy's point of view, from disappointment to excitement, sex and school and orphans, the dilapidation of the neighborhood where he grew up, and society in general....
City of God
Crucifix is stolen from church and found on roof of experimental synagogue located in lower Manhattan, run by idealistic young Jewish couple.Wife's father was survivor of Holocaust, but died before he could recover journals kept in ghetto and hidden. Clergyman ,whose church was vandalized and who is giving up his post because of his loss of faigth, finds cross, and falls in love with wife. Husband, who goes to Poland to retrieve father-in-law's hidd...