By Julia Pierpont
For fanatics of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the 10 Thousand Things is a stunning first novel, a portrait of an American kinfolk at the cusp of irrevocable switch, and a startlingly unique tale of affection and time lost.
Jack Shanley is a well known long island artist, captivating and useless, who doesn’t suggest to plunge his kin into concern. His spouse, Deb, gladly left at the back of a tricky occupation as a dancer to elevate the 2 youngsters she adores. within the resulting years, she has in general kept away from coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the fellow she married. yet then an anonymously despatched package deal arrives within the mail: a cardboard field containing sheaves of published emails chronicling Jack’s mystery lifestyles. The package deal is addressed to Deb, yet it’s introduced into the inaccurate arms: her children’s.
With this vertiginous beginning starts off a debut that's by means of turns humorous, clever, and indescribably relocating. because the Shanleys spin aside into separate orbits, leaving ny in an try and regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the attract of grownup freedoms for the 1st time, whereas eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously right into a grown-up global she can’t almost certainly comprehend. Writing with outstanding precision, humor, and sweetness, Julia Pierpont has crafted a undying, highly relaxing novel concerning the bonds of family members life—their brittleness, and their resilience.
Praise for Among the 10 Thousand Things
“A luscious, shrewdpermanent summer season novel . . . by means of a blazingly proficient younger author.”—The manhattan instances booklet Review
“This ebook is likely one of the funniest, and such a lot emotionally sincere, I’ve learn in an extended time.”—Jonathan Safran Foer
“Obsessively compelling . . . emotionally subtle . . . Among the 10 Thousand Things rises above [other novels] for its imagined constitution, sentence-by-sentence punch, and natural humanity.”—Vanity Fair
“Gripping . . . Pierpont brings this family members of 4 to lifestyles in sharply saw element. . . . An acute observer of social comedy, Ms. Pierpont has a prepared eye for the absurd.”—The Wall highway Journal
“Pierpont’s language is heart-stopping. . . . among Pierpont’s literary finesse and her appealing characters, [Among the 10 Thousand Things] reads like a page-turner.”—Entertainment Weekly (grade: A)
“A twisty, gripping story—that packs an emotional wallop.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“There are going to be as many creative twists and turns during this literary novel as there are in a top-notch paintings of suspense like Gone Girl.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
“Tender, delicately perceptive . . . Pierpont’s voice is wry and assured, and she or he is a good anthropologist of latest York life.”—The Washington Post
“Pierpont monitors a precocious present for language and commentary. . . . She captures the trivialities of loneliness that pushes us clear of one another and infrequently brings us back.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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