Matthew Gallaway, author of THE METROPOLIS CASE, on tour January 2011

Posted By on November 10, 2010

About The Metropolis Case

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Crown (December 28, 2010)

Readers of sweeping literary fiction such as The Hours, The Emperor’s Children, and The Historian will be immediately drawn into Matthew Gallaway’s debut novel: THE METROPOLIS CASE (Crown; On-Sale: January 2011). From the smoky music halls of 1860s Paris to the tumbling skyscrapers of twenty-first-century New York, Gallaway imparts the sweeping tale of an unlikely quartet, bound together by the strange and spectacular history of Richard Wagner’s masterpiece opera Tristan and Isolde.

With his captivating voice and engaging characters, Gallaway effortlessly moves between Europe in the nineteenth century, 1970s Pittsburgh, and 1980s to twenty-first-century New York City. He introduces us to Martin, a lawyer who, at at age forty, feels disconnected from his life; Maria, a tall, awkward, ostracized teenager, attempting to break free from the doldrums of Pittsburgh and harness the power of her extraordinary operatic voice; Anna, destined to be a grande dame of the international stage, emerging from her cocoon to step into the spotlight; and Lucien, a young singer present at the birth of the modern age, who races through the streets of Europe in an exuberant bid to make the most of every breath.

Together theirs is a story of music and magic, love, death, secrets, and betrayal, grandly operatic in scale, that will keep readers spellbound through the last page.


“I know next to nothing about opera and I loved this book. Let me go further: I actually (don’t tell anyone) find opera a bit dull, but now consider me a big buff — if no other reason than it gave us this powerful, beautiful, wondrous novel.”
Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life

“The Metropolis Case is a terrifically engaging and elegantly panoramic novel that is sure to appeal to fans of majestic fiction such as Kostova’s The Historian.”–Katharine Weber, author of  True Confections and Triangle

“Matthew Gallaway possesses a massive vision and a wizard-like ability to weave story lines. The Metropolis Case is an ambitious and beautiful book sure to find a devoted following.” Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes

About Matthew Gallaway

Matthew Gallaway s a first-time novelist originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He now lives in New York City.

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Matthew Gallaway’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 3rd:  The Lost Entwife

Wednesday, January 5th:  Wordsmithonia

Thursday, January 6th:  Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books

Monday, January 10th:  Life in Review

Tuesday, January 11th:  Unabridged Chick

Thursday, January 13th:  Dolce Bellezza

Friday, January 14th:  Rundpinne

Monday, January 17th:  Books and Movies

Tuesday, January 18th:  In the Next Room – review

Tuesday, January 18th:  In the Next Room – author interview

Wednesday, January 19th:  A Work in Progress

Friday, January 21st:  Sophisticated Dorkiness


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