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The optimism of the faith that the future would be bright and beautiful and that everything would work out sets the tone of the novel. “Everyone in the book is chasing one kind of dream or another, or working to make themselves new,” Mathews says. “The book explores whether it’s possible to ever leave your past behind. There are different answers for each character. The large cast of characters allowed me to have different answers.”

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“I thought a lot about the question of history pursuing you, and what you can leave behind,” he says. “I wanted the book to be full of immigrants and migrants and émigrés and refugees. I wanted to think about the promises that New York makes, that America makes, the promises that it keeps, and the ones that it doesn’t.”