Fic­tion

The City Beautiful

Aden Poly­doros

  • From the Publisher
October 6, 2020

An aching­ly ren­dered explo­ration of queer desire, grief, and the inex­orable scars of the past.” —Katy Rose Pool, author of There Will Come A Dark­ness

Death lurks around every cor­ner in this unfor­get­table Jew­ish his­tor­i­cal fan­ta­sy about a city, a boy, and the shad­ows of the past that bind them both together. 
 
Chica­go, 1893. For Alter Rosen, this is the land of oppor­tu­ni­ty, and he dreams of the day he’ll have enough mon­ey to bring his moth­er and sis­ters to Amer­i­ca, free­ing them from the oppres­sion they face in his native Romania.
 
But when Alter’s best friend, Yakov, becomes the lat­est vic­tim in a long line of mur­dered Jew­ish boys, his dream begins to slip away. While the rest of the city is busy cel­e­brat­ing the World’s Fair, Alter is now liv­ing a night­mare: pos­sessed by Yakov’s dyb­buk, he is plunged into a world of cor­rup­tion and deceit, and thrown back into the arms of a dan­ger­ous boy from his past. A boy who means more to Alter than any­one knows.
 
Now, with only days to spare until the dyb­buk takes over Alter’s body com­plete­ly, the two boys must race to track down the killer — before the killer claims them next.

Chill­ing­ly sin­is­ter, warm­ly famil­iar, and breath­tak­ing­ly trans­portive, The City Beau­ti­ful is the haunt­ing, queer Jew­ish his­tor­i­cal thriller of my dark­est dreams.”Dahlia Adler, cre­ator of LGBTQreads and edi­tor of That Way Mad­ness Lies

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