LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE One town. Three people. A single year that will change them all forever. Welcome to the seductive chaos of downtown New York Raul is an Argentinian painter, fresh on New York's downtown scene, about to explode into fame. James is the city's most notorious critic, known for his unique synaesthesia, his mind ablaze with fireworks and symphonies. And Lucy is just another young girl who escaped suburbia, all too easily dazzled by the brilliant strangers who cross her path. Exploding with colour and raw energy, this electrifying debut captures the spirit of a New York now long gone, a place of creation and destruction and endless possibility.