Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
A Novel

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This isn't, finally, so much a book about music or New York as about the possibilities that are passed by, both as a culture and as individuals. It's too bad, then, that Henderson gets tangled up in her plot and loses sight of her best qualities.
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“Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill, ambition, and a fierce imagination.  The resulting novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is the best thing I’ve read in a long time.”
—Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder

A sweeping, multigenerational drama, set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City during the late 1980s, Ten Thousand Saints triumphantly heralds the arrival a remarkable new writer. Eleanor Henderson  makes a truly stunning debut with a novel that is part coming of age, part coming to terms, immediately joining the ranks of The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud and Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude. Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young—and old—are all major elements in this heart-aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture.

 

About Eleanor Henderson

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Eleanor Henderson earned her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2005. Her story "The Farms" was selected by Alice Sebold for The Best American Short Stories 2009. Henderson's fiction has also appeared in Agni, North American Review, Ninth Letter, and Columbia, among other publications. Her nonfiction has appeared in Poets & Writers, where she was a contributing editor, and Virginia Quarterly Review, where she was the chair of the fiction board. An assistant professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 399 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Meghan O'Rourke on May 25 2012

This isn't, finally, so much a book about music or New York as about the possibilities that are passed by, both as a culture and as individuals. It's too bad, then, that Henderson gets tangled up in her plot and loses sight of her best qualities.

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