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Nov 08, 2011 | ISBN 9780307463432

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“Author Matthew Gallaway has taken a great risk with his first novel by creating an intricate, multilayered tale that slides from past to present, from Europe to New York, from opera to pop. But despite the complexity, The Metropolis Case engages the reader emotionally on every page.”–The Washington Post

“It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.”—The New York Times

“An absorbing and intricately plotted first novel. Gallaway excels at the long form, producing a dense, well-structured puzzle. Like the opera that ultimately binds his characters together, CASE lingers beyond the final note.”–Out Magazine (Critic’s Pick)

“Matthew Gallaway’s epic debut novel, intimately intertwined with Wagner’s “Tristan and isolde,” is itself an operatic masterpiece. Gallaway’s wonderful prose leaves you hungry for more.”–AM New York

“Gallaway is a perceptive and graceful author in his own right whose moving story will appeal to Wagnerian experts and neophytes alike.”–Los Angeles Times

“Gallaway’s novel, is not just an intricate, complex, and multilayered novel, but also a rewarding read, that leaves the audience looking forward to Gallaway’s next work.”The Manhattan Times
“Mr. Gallaway writes epically, with multiple points of view, multiple stories. Historical and profound, he handles everything beautifully. He is a rich storyteller, and an evocative writer; the complexity of his characters, the rich scenes and the lyrical prose all make it hard to believe that this is his first novel.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A cerebral novel.”Historical Novels Review

Matthew Gallaway’s The Metropolis Case is an ambitious, heady, intelligent and engaging first novel about the healing powers of art…it solidifies into a page turner, and better still, delivers on a wide range of concerns that go far beyond the musical interests that center the book’s narrative.”Lambda Literary Review

“As ambitious a debut as they come, this sweeping first novel travels across not
only continents but centuries as well.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Even for a reader unacquainted with opera, The Metropolis Case enthralls.
Theatrical history, training at Julliard, opening night at the Metropolitan—this is an engaging and unusual subject matter. The Metropolis Case is an intriguing debut from a fresh, unique voice.”—Bookpage

“Gallaway, a former musician, gives music a literary presence, intertwining opera and punk by illuminating their shared passion and chaos.”–Publishers Weekly

“A pleasingly intricate puzzle.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Matthew Gallaway’s fascinating and erudite debut novel is a portrait of the passion of several singers across the ages for a single opera, and turns into its own kind of novelistic chorus. Like Tristan und Isolde, the opera at its center, it is complete with wrong love, sacrifice and even a potion. An original new talent has arrived.”– 
Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night

“I know next to nothing about opera and I loved this book. Let me go further: I actually (don’t tell anyone) find opera a bit dull, but now consider me a big buff — if no other reason than it gave us this powerful, beautiful, wondrous novel.”–Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life

“Matthew Gallaway possesses a massive vision and a wizard-like ability to weave story lines. The Metropolis Case is an ambitious and beautiful book sure to find a devoted following.”–Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes

The Metropolis Case is a terrifically engaging and elegantly panoramic novel that is sure to appeal to fans of majestic fiction such as Kostova’s The Historian.”–Katharine Weber, author of True Confections and Triangle

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