Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

eBook - 2011
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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.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2011
ISBN: 9780062092151
0062092154
Characteristics: 1 online resource (388 pages)
Alternative Title: 10,000 saints

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Valeriebroomfield
Oct 15, 2015

Not what I was expecting at all!
Didn't bother reading!

patienceandfortitude May 14, 2012

An enjoyable read about what happens when immature druggies have children, and how the children grow up in an unstable environment. This is not Leave It to Beaver land. But the characters are sympathetic and the story has a very hopeful side.

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kelmorr
Jan 27, 2012

Agree with both 'halgeon" & primagigi....surprised it made the NYT list ..I am halfway through and am still waiting for something to make the time spent slogging through this, worthwhile . Will stick it out until the end .

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halgeon
Dec 20, 2011

I'd rate this one fair. I wasn't as grabbed by the story or the characters as I have been by other novels I've read of late, even though I was about the same age as the characters in the year the novel was set. Still, it ended on an interesting note and was worth reading.

PrimaGigi Dec 06, 2011

When I read the summary and found Straight-Edge written. My hopes plummeted into my bowels. I like the SXE movement about as much as I like PETA, which is zil to none; I find any movement that has such militant mind-sets and no room for expansion of human growth to be cults. Which essentially SXE is. The character of Johnny did little to dispel my belief about the people that follow this movement.

Set in Vermont/New York in the late 80's, during the birth of AID's epidemic and nearing the death of the punk scene. Jude, Johnny and Eliza come together after the death of Teddy (Brother/Friend/father) Each character equally lost, trying to find themselves in different life-altering situations. I like the details about New York and the Village. I just had a hard time remembering the smaller characters whom affected the central characters. The story jumps around too much and you are left trying to remember how this person affects the story. Point-blank... it's a dull read and the only sole-character I liked was Jude who had any redeeming qualities.

debwalker May 28, 2011

Big NYT Book Review by STACEY D'ERASMO
June 16, 2011
"The ambition of “Ten Thousand Saints,” Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel about a group of unambitious lost souls, is beautiful. In nearly 400 pages, Henderson does not hold back once: she writes the hell out of every moment, every scene, every perspective, every fleeting impression, every impulse and desire and bit of emotional detritus. She is never ironic or underwhelmed; her preferred mode is fierce, devoted and elegiac."

Shelf Talker: Evoking the East Village scene in the 1980s, this debut novel captures the coming-of-age experience. Following the death of a teenage boy, three mourners try to make their way in the world, with precious little help from the adults in their lives.

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