Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker is a 676-page hardcover published in 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers, and is a stated first edition. The dust jacket and book are in as-new condition, with no evidence of use.
At the height of the Civil War, what begins with strong words and a few broken bottles will, over the course of five days escalate into the worst urban conflagration in American history. Hundreds of thousands of poor Irish immigrants smolder with resentment against a war and a president that have cost them so many of their young men. When word spreads throughout New York's immigrant wards that a military draft is about to be implemented--a draft from which any rich man's son with $300 can buy an exemption--trouble begins to spill into the streets. Down in the waterfront slum of Paradise Alley, three women--Diedre Dolan O'Kane, Ruth Dove, and Maddie Boyle--struggle with their private fears as they wait for the storm to descend on them.ISBN: 0-06-019582-7