Sunset Park by Paul Auster
A Novel

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What accumulates in Sunset Park is a sort of group portrait, one that, despite the retirement home feel of the title, centres on an idea of youth, at least in spirit if not always in body.
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Luminous, passionate, expansive, 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.

An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families.

A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world.

William Wyler's 1946 classic The Best Years of Our Lives.

A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway.

An independent publisher desperately trying to save his business and his marriage.

These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel about contemporary America and its ghosts. Sunset Park is a surprising departure that confirms Paul Auster as one of our greatest living writers.

 

About Paul Auster

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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Invisible, Man in the Dark, Travels in the Scriptorium, The Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
 
Published November 9, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on Aug 03 2016

What accumulates in Sunset Park is a sort of group portrait, one that, despite the retirement home feel of the title, centres on an idea of youth, at least in spirit if not always in body.

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