Ten Thousand Saints
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Ten Thousand Saints

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062021214
  • 9780062021212
  • 212,126

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In the roiling, electrified streets of New York City in the 1980s, Eliza, Jude, and Johnny each show up wanting a place to hide--from everything that has gone wrong, big and small, in their short lives. These three, thrown together by their parents' mistakes and their own, and by the accidental death of a teenage boy, find their regrets transformed into a single, covert mission. Possibility shines from every neglected, graffitied surface. Possibility rings in the hardcore music and seething energy of the city's underground scene. But as they pursue the intoxicating promise of redemption and new life, their secret threatens to crush their alliance with its impossibly heavy burden.
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Review quote

[An] empathetic novel of wayward youth and their wayward parents Henderson proves herself to be an expert ethnographer; her detail work is phenomenal. characterizations demonstrate Henderson s greatest skill. Even the ones who receive comparatively little stage time are always precisely defined Henderson s affection for [the characters] is palpable. --Washington Post"
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6,377 ratings
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4 36% (2,314)
3 35% (2,255)
2 11% (688)
1 3% (171)
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