So vivid, emotional and real, it hurts. Milly and Jared, with their adopted son Mateo, live unexpected experiences with their neighbor Hector, a former AIDS activist and a current addict. Cruelty, abandonment, kindness, and love. Idly, he rubbed his bare, trimmed chest beneath the sheets. Or… how they spiral out of control. The characters felt very genuine to me and I was sad when the 17 hour audiobook came to an end. Tough subject matter, but has a very realistic feel to it. We’d love your help. "Christodora" by Tim Murphy is a brilliant debut novel that spans decades, from 1981 until 2021. There are many heroes in the tale, and those who are led astray from their humanity have a chance at regeneration and rehabilitation . The building had seen years of grace and also years of hardship. Voted for "Christodora" in the Opening Round of the 2016 #GoodreadsChoice Awards https://t.co/joVmQDDqy4 via @goodreads. In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. I was totally engaged with the vitality and development of the characters in this warm-hearted saga of a family impacted in multiple ways by the AIDS epidemic in New York City. The sadness about disease; about family; about the complexity of relationships and the addictive nature and destruction drugs can have. The author’s method of continually switching the time frame from the 1980s to the present and beyond gave me a wonderful sense of integration from seeing beginnings and endings of significant life pathways in close proximity. Get this from a library! . The writing is not exceptional -- except for one chapter seen through the eyes of a character going through a manic phase -- but the writing is direct, strong and seamless which drew me right into the story. Just sharing. Despite the title, this book is not just about the Christodora building, not just about New York City. This is a wonderful novel, set in New York beginning in the 80's to the future 2020. The book spans approximately 40 years -- from 1980 to 2021 --and focuses on a group of interconnected characters primarily based in New York. Artists Milly and Jared Traum live there with their adopted son, Mateo, whose natural mother died of AIDS. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. It is excellent! The Christodora is a real apartment building with a colorful history, located in the East Village of New York City. The title of Tim Murphy’s novel “Christodora” refers to the building where several of its characters live, but its focus is much wider than that. It's a big, brawling epic, taking place from the 1980s up til the mid-2020s. This book unfolded on me like a puzzle. Paramount TV has optioned Tim Murphy’s new novel Christodora for a limited TV series. Morality and public policy have always lagged far behind science and data when it comes to HIV/AIDS. Inside the pages of CHRISTODORA the characters are flawed, the sex explicitly graphic, and the drug use overwhelming and deadly yet the story is moving and powerful in its message. We get to see the tragedies that befall them as they wend their way through life and around one another, and how they heal. This sweeping tale of AIDS activists and the incredible changes they inspired is heart-wrenching, hopeful and beautiful. The devastating effects of addiction also plays an important role. It appears that this is Murphy's first novel -- hard to believe. He has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York. Murphy writes in the voices of his characters so distinctly that I could almost hear an audio quality t. This is in severe contention for my Favorite Book of 2016. . Tim Murphy is the author of Christodora, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal.He has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York.He lives in Brooklyn. Under the name Timothy Murphy, he is also the author of the 1990s novels "Getting Off Clean" and "The Breeders Box." Tim Murphy is a NYC-based journalist who for two decades, worked on reporting LGBT related topics (Culture, politics, movements, etc.) Hector Villanueva, a former public health worker and AIDS activist, also lives in the building. While I was cautiously optimistic about this book, I also thought "Oh Shit!" . It’s a great price for it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The dance of life amid the tides of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll is especially poignant in the face of the tragedies wrought by AIDS and drug abuse. It will be produced by Cary Fukunaga with his production company Parliament of Owls. I recommend it. Everyone has a burden that they carry, be it addiction, depression or mental illness. In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. This book unfolded on me like a puzzle. 'A moving portrait of New York in the time of AIDS, Tim Murphy's honest and insightful writing gives Christodora a particular vibrancy that causes the characters to leap, whole, into the reader's imagination. The vast, vast majority of people who tested positive for HIV after the commercial test was released in 1985 had immense wariness and fear about passing it onto others through actions even as harmless as kissing, in the many years when modes of transmission were uncertain. Refresh and try again. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Despite the hurt caused and havoc wreaked, the characters in this story are not bad people, just very real and flawed human beings. Not sure what your question is getting at, but speaking as someone who's reported on and written about HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years, there was a lag of many years between when HIV started circulating widely among unknowing Americans and in the U.S. blood supply (perhaps as early as the early 1970s), when an epidemic syndrome (AIDS) was identified (1981), when the cause of the syndrome was discovered to be the HIV virus (1984) and when a test was developed to start screening the blood supply (1985). The parts melded into something satisfying and intriguing and suddenly I started to dread reaching the point where I’d have pieced it all together and completed the task. Christodora is the debut novel by Tim Murphy. Not sure what your question is getting at, but speaking as someone who's reported on and written about HIV/AI. As pieces of several complicated lives come together; despite the lies that shock and hurt, despite the devastating pain of loss, we are thankfully left with a bit of happiness and hope. But that sunny, silly cutie, like a blond sliver of sunshine on the timeline that Hector envisioned as his life, had missed the drawbridge, along with Issy and Korie and a baleful lot of others. * 10/30 update - I got a sweet message from the author, thanking me for my review, but he did correct me in that I am wrong on this being a debut novel...so I want to correct that! [Tim Murphy] -- In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. Sad as hell because it's about people whose lives have been broken by AIDS or by the debilitating effects of hard core drug addiction or by mental illness. Almost everyone on my friend's list, who has read it, loved it. It deals with AIDS, drugs, more drugs, rehab, mental illness, homosexuality, adoption, art and many other topics. This time travelling novel illustrates the difficult human experiences behind AIDS and puts the destructive power of hard drugs under the spotlight. “She could feel the Melancholy Demon bearing down.”, “Lying in the hotel bed, Hector conceded that, all through ’93, ’94, and ’95, an ever-widening river of good data, mixed with a steady ambient wash of self-importance, had anesthetized his grief. Welcome back. The story jumps around in time from one character's perspective to another in a way that I loved -- it was like a maze or puzzle in which I was slowly led to understand how everything and everyone fit together. The book examines love, betrayal, addiction, forgiveness, and the ravages of AIDS in a bold and visceral manner. This qualifies as one of the best books I have read this year. Tim Murphy’s hugely ambitious new novel, “Christodora,” tackles the legacy and costs of AIDS and the activism that arose to meet it. Author: Theodore Kerr July 31, 2016 “He’s engulfed in Hector’s fagfunk.” This improbably beautiful line comes a quarter into Tim Murphy latest novel, Christodora, a Lower East Side saga that bends and breaks across time and into history via the interlocking lives of Hector, Mateo, Issy, Milly, Jared, and Eva, which recede and then bleed into each other. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Christodora by Tim Murphy (2017, Trade Paperback) at the best online prices at eBay! Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias (Little Men) will write the … Despite the hurt caused and havoc wreaked, the characters in this story are not bad people, just very real and flawed human beings. In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. For Tim Murphy, the New York-based journalist and author of the new novel Christodora, it was all of these things, but above all it was the home for a community of diverse people from different backgrounds, sexual orientations, and experiences who were searching for a place that would accept them just as they are. The book's main focus is on Millie -- an artist living in New York -- and her adopted son Mateo -- whose mother died of AIDS w. Finally, a 5 star book! I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars, but need to go with 5. final thoughts to come on this book I've chosen not to finish... Update - I nominated this for the Debut Goodreads Author. . I had actually never even heard of this book until I read a friends review. This is a book that was recommended to me by a book tuber on You Tube. Certain acts of kindness or selfishness at one point feed into a character’s choices that bear causal fruit or disaster only apparent much later. This was not an easy book to read because even though it's a fictional depiction of the AIDS epidemic, you just know that there is truth here after reading the author's credentials as a writer on the subject (. He’d needed that. Paramount Television has optioned the novel for a limited TV series. Hector Villanueva, a former public health worker and AIDS activist, also lives in the building. Start by marking “Christodora” as Want to Read: Error rating book. We get to see the tragedies that befall them as th. He's also a contributor in The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler. In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. There are radical changes that occur in their personal lives and community: first, the 2000s hipsters rising after the 1980s junkies and protestors, then the emergence of the wealthy residents of the 2020s. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. August 2nd 2016 The author slowly and deftly reveals the interconnection between the seemingly disparate characters. The way people were treated during the AIDS epidemic was brutal and it's strange to think it really wasn't that long ago. Update: This was a fabulous read - it’s a $1.99 kindle special today! The novel is set mainly in New York City. He has been for nearly 20 years a journalist focusing mostly on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues, for publications including the New York Times, New York magazine, Out magazine, the Nation, POZ magazine, and for the magazines of the ACLU and Lambda Legal. It has a great story, is anchored in an interesting historical context, has meaty strong characters and had me truly emotionally invested. But then, as the pieces started to knit together and as I started to see something evolve from the mass of parts, I began to enjoy the process of unpicking it. Goodreads Picks for Tournament of Books 2017. Tim Murphy NYC Writer | I'm a NYC-based journalist on LGBT issues, culture and politics, and the author of the New England-meets-Middle-East novel CORRESPONDENTS, coming out May 2019, and the 2016 novel CHRISTODORA. --Bay Area Reporter "This is in severe contention for my Favorite Book of 2016 . At almost 500 pages, there's scarcely a wasted scene or unsketched character. why isn't the contamination of the blood supply mentioned? Christodora is the name of an iconic building in New York. For Tim Murphy, the New York-based journalist and author of the new novel Christodora, it was all of these things, but above all it was the home for a community of diverse people from different backgrounds, sexual orientations, and experiences who were searching for a place that would accept them just as they are. I eventual. . :), I have a feeling that the characters in "Christodora" will continue to haunt me for a while because this book is so well written. The Christodora is a real apartment building with a colorful history, located in the East Village of New York City. Tim Murphy is a NYC-based journalist who for two decades, worked on reporting LGBT related topics (Culture, politics, movements, etc.) The book slides back and forth through four decades. Highly recommended. "Christodora" was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. This powerful novel is prefaced by a haunting O. Henry quotation: “Pull up the shades so I can see New York. 5 "challenging, transformative, compassionate" stars!!! This spectacular novel is an important addition to literature that captures New York in all its glory and despair.' A proud Boston-area native, he loves spending time in upstate New York/western Massachusetts as well as in Beirut, not far from the home of his maternal ancestors. And today, even though every blood donor's sample is screened for HIV and other blood-borne infectious diseases, gay men are still categorically and needlessly barred from donating blood if they've had sex of any sort within the past 12 months. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. He has taught journalism at City College of New York and currently teaches creative writing once weekly at Arts & Letters junior high school in Brooklyn, where he lives. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. It has a great story, is anchored in an interesting historical context, has meaty strong characters and had me truly emotionally invested. Hi guys, this is Tim Murphy, the author. Christodora (eBook) : Murphy, Tim : In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. The parts melded into something satisfying and intriguing and suddenly I started to dread reaching the point where I’d have pieced it all together and completed the task. Certain acts of kindness or selfishness at one point feed into a character’s choices that bear ca. The book's main focus is on Millie -- an artist living in New York -- and her adopted son Mateo -- whose mother died of AIDS when he was a few months old. Highly recommended. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley. Murphy has truly outdone himself with a perceptive and accomplished novel that is captivating and immensely entertaining." I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I've always wanted to read it based on the description and my GR friends' reviews. I eventually began to slow my reading in an attempt to elongate the experience, limiting my reading at night so that I could awake to start afresh in the morning. This work of fiction is not an easy read, but a reminder of what happened during a scary time in history when the world was troubled by the AIDS epidemic. This is in severe contention for my Favorite Book of 2016. Tim Murphy is an NYC-based journalist on LGBTQ issues and politics and the author of the recent New-England-meets-Middle-East novel Correspondents (2019) and the novel Christodora (2016). I'm giving this book 4.5 Stars rounded up to 5. The minute this comes out in August… pick it up immediately! I was totally engaged with the vitality and development of the characters in this warm-hearted saga of a family impacted in multiple ways by the AIDS epidemic in New York City. We live in a time where HIV/AIDS is no longer seen as a death sentence, but this story reminded me of just how recently being diagnosed attached to you a stigma that would remain with you for your few remaining days. . Artists, sex, drugs, New York, AIDS, the 1980s and then a toe in the future. In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. A writer unafraid to go big, Murphy’s panoramic novels offer delicate character-based studies alongside scenes of sweeping political and cultural tumult. Christodora has a lot of the things I love in a big sprawling novel. The backdrop to the story is the AIDS crisis -- many of the characters were activists or had AIDS or both. . To see what your friends thought of this book, Hi guys, this is Tim Murphy, the author. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Tim Murphy's Christodora is one of those powerful, ambitious sagas . Not a bad place to be stuck! Read 26 131 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. It's good. At first it was a confusing jumble of facts, then a frustrating, jumping muddle I couldn't seem to get my head around. Murphy, an experienced reporter on the disease, is plainly inspired by Larry Kramer, whose journalism thundered against anti-gay power structures and whose plays like The Normal Heart dramatized AIDS victims. 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