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“An exceptional work of historical fiction about one of the key figures in the development of 19th-century New York City.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A great novel of New York.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

“Jonathan Lee is so enviably talented it leaves the reader breathless. The Great Mistake is an unparalleled feat of elegance and craftsmanship.” —Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

“The Great Mistake is a wonder and a delight.” —Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife

“A wonderful, compelling, finely-tuned and deeply loveable novel.” —Jon McGregor, author of Reservoir 13

“The Great Mistake is a great novel of 19th-century New York and the meaning of success.” —Sandra Newman, author of The Heavens

“Like Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams and John Williams’ Stoner, Jonathan Lee peels back a forgotten layer of history. The Great Mistake is a remarkable book, a herculean construction that will prove lasting.” —Katy Simpson Smith, author of The Everlasting