The trilogy opens with THE forty second PARALLEL, the place we discover a tender state on the sunrise of the 20 th century. Slowly, in tales artfully spliced jointly, the lives and fortunes of 5 characters spread. Mac, Janey, Eleanor, Ward, and Charley are stuck at the typhoon tune of this parallel and blown New Yorkward. As their lives go and double again back, the likes of Eugene Debs, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie make cameo appearances.
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