kevin baker author of The Big Crowd

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Praise for Kevin Baker
and The Big Crowd

The Big Crowd is nothing short of a modern masterpiece. Kevin Baker brings the docks of New York and all their intrigue back to life in vivid detail, combining the historical and the human into a deeply affecting story that connects the past to the present in a way that many novels attempt but few manage.” —Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo

“With The Big Crowd, Kevin Baker earns the title of Best American Historical Novelist –heck, maybe best American novelist, period. This inspired, fun, serious, thought-provoking, page-turning book gives all the good, old pleasures: if you read it on the subway, be prepared to miss your stop. But Baker also raises the key questions about New York, about America, about who we are. Charlie and Tom O’Kane are characters for the ages.” —Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life

Kevin Baker Author

Kevin Baker grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, and graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1980. Since then has earned his living as a writer and editor… Read More

Kevin Baker Reading Schedule
for The Big Crowd:

Oct. 10 Museum of the City of New York
Oct. 6 KGB Bar, New York
Oct. 16 Womrath’s Bookstore, Tenafly, NJ
Oct. 30 Lower East Side Tenement Museum           FULL LISTING

The Big Crowd



  • Rose Reles, Abe Rele
  • The Assistant Distri
  • The Big Crowd Traile
  • The famed Virginia H
  • Not well remembered
  • Here he is:  Benjami
  • The lovely Sloan Sim
  • Louis "Lepke" Buchal
  • Yes, that is former
  • The Half Moon Hotel
  • Peter Panto, the hon
  • Known as "The Mad Ha
  • Abe Reles, after he
  • Abe Reles, a.k.a Kid
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