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Sunset Park (Paperback)

Author:  Paul Auster
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 031261067X
ISBN-13: 9780312610678
Sku: 220725058
Publish Date: 10/25/2011
Pages:  309
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Luminous, passionate, expansive, and an emotional tour de force, "Sunset Park" follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.
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A New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author of Invisible and The New York Trilogy comes a new novel set during the 2008 economic collapse. Sunset Park opens with twenty-eight-year-old Miles Heller trashing out foreclosed houses in Florida, the latest stop in his flight across the country. When Miles falls in love with Pilar Sanchez, he finds himself fleeing once again, going back to New York, where his family still lives, and into an abandoned house of young squatters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Woven together from various points of view—that of Miles’s father, an independent book publisher trying to stay afloat, Miles’s mother, a celebrated actress preparing her return to the New York stage, and the various men and women who live in the house—“Auster seems to carry all of humanity inside him” (Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe).

Paul Auster takes the name for his 18th novel (if you count the NEW YORK TRILOGY individually) from a neighborhood in South Brooklyn. Set in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash, the story follows a group of young creative types squatting in a house in the middle-class neighborhood. One of the group, Miles Heller, originally from New York, had been living in Florida making ends meet by cleaning out recently foreclosed homes. When an ill-fated romance turns messy, he relocates. Because Auster is at the helm, however, this book quickly becomes about more than Miles--his discontented roommates and his long-distant father's unexpected efforts to make amends. Hopping and skipping between perspectives, trivia, and historical moments, this novel casts an intelligent frame around the contemporary American situation.
Author Bio
Paul Auster
Auster grew up in Newark, the product of an unhappy, mismatched marriage. As a boy, he was addicted to Mad Magazine and was also a voracious reader. He usually spent his summers working in his uncle Moe's appliance store, but the summer after he graduated from high school he traveled in Europe, working on a novel. After earning his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, he returned to Europe, living in France, translating the works of French writers (as well as the North Vietnamese Constitution) and also beginning to publish his own work in American journals. He married a writer, Lydia Davis, with whom he had one child and then divorced. In 1981, he married novelist Siri Hustvedt, with whom he had two children, and in 1985 his first novel, CITY OF GLASS, was published by Sun & Moon Press after 17 rejections--it was the first in the series of three experimental quasi-detective stories now known as THE NEW YORK TRILOGY. Auster has continued to write and publish critically acclaimed fiction and poetry, as well as an autobiography. He has also been involved in filmmaking: his novel THE MUSIC OF CHANCE was made into a movie in 1993, and the films SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE, based on his scripts, were released in 1995.


"With a plot that encompasses war in the Middle East, economic recession and the perils of the publishing industry, a contemporary vitality distinguishes the latest from the veteran author....Sure to please Auster fans and likely to attract new readers as well." (starred review) 05/01/2010

"Auster (INVISIBLE) is in excellent form for this foray into the tarnished, conflicted soul of Brooklyn....Auster's newest is a gratifying departure from the postmodern trickery he's known for, one full of crisp turns of phrase and keen insights." 07/19/2010

"Auster consistently brings to the page interesting people, possessed by esoteric fixations and driven to express their ideas in creative ways." - Malena Watrous 12/12/2010

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