The Great Mistake will be published in June 2021. Support your local bookshop by preordering directly with them, or here!

“Jonathan Lee’s wily, virtuosic, very beautiful new novel is an intimate portrait of a public man that also serves as an X-ray of America. The Great Mistake is 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. Lee’s 19th-century New York City is riveting. The life of Green feels emblematic of the New York City he built: ambitious, fraught, thrilling, and ultimately visionary.” —Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

“Few writers have Jonathan Lee’s range or eye for detail. Fewer still are capable of roaming minds and histories with such bittersweet, richly detailed ease, or taking on with such profound depth all the messy, hilarious, heartbreaking humanity of a person, and a time, and indeed an entire city. 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, which makes the quietest moments of its hero’s life as memorable as the bordellos and the murders.” —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

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