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The Astral

The Astral

Audio Library Digital

06/14/2011

584 minutes

9781611201062

Audio Retail Digital

06/14/2011

584 minutes

9781611201055

Audio CD

06/14/2011

8 Audio CD

584 minutes

9781611201048

Audio MP3 CD

06/14/2011

1 Audio MP3 CD

584 minutes

9781611203462

Playaway

06/14/2011

584 minutes

9781611202007

Description:

The Astral is a huge rose-colored old pile of an apartment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For decades it was the happy home (or so he thought) of poet Harry Quirk and his wife, Luz, a nurse, and of their two children: Karina, now a fervent Freegan, and Hector, now in the clutches of a cultish Christian community. But Luz has found (and destroyed) some poems of Harry's that ignite her long-simmering suspicions of infidelity, and he's been summarily kicked out. He now has to reckon with the consequences of his literary, marital, financial, and parental failures, (and perhaps others) and find his way forward - and back into Luz's good graces.

Quotes:

...sharp, perceptive...provoking and at times profoundly moving...succeeds in its fond descriptions of a neighborhood virtually unknown outside of New York., The Associated Press

Starred Review. ...unremittingly wonderful...Christensen takes a singular, genuine story and blows it up into a smart inquiry into the nature of love and the commitments we make..., Publishers Weekly

A masterpiece of comedy and angst., Kirkus

On the best of 2011 list. A satisfying redoing of a man undone., Booklist

Christensen succeeds impressively in inhabiting Harry's point of view. Donald Corran brings Christensen's large cast of characters, of which Brooklyn itself is one, to vivid, eccentric life., AudioFile Magazine

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