Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor HendersonTen Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

Ten Thousand Saints

byEleanor Henderson

Paperback | October 27, 2016

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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.

Eleanor Henderson earned her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2005. An associate professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband and two sons.
Title:Ten Thousand SaintsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:October 27, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062021214

ISBN - 13:9780062021212

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A snapshot of a teen's life in the late eighties... This is an altogether entertaining story of a young teen, Jude, who loses his best friend through an accidental overdose on New Year's Eve. This all happens within the first chapter. The rest of the book devotes itself to the friends and relatives of the deceased as each tries to come to grip with the tragedy in their own individual way. The characters and situations are completely believable and the novel has authenticity with the numerous references brought into the setting from the late eighties. I found this novel to be quite a fast read - it took me about a week and that is quick in my world. If you want a hip story of disenfranchised youth set in New York, you will definitely warm up to this.
Date published: 2011-11-21

Editorial Reviews

“TEN THOUSAND SAINTS is funny, touching, artistic, surprising, lovely, eye-opening, and very, very wise.”