By Julia Pierpont
For enthusiasts of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, one of the 10000 issues is a blinding first novel, a portrait of an American relatives at the cusp of irrevocable switch, and a startlingly unique tale of affection and time lost.
Jack Shanley is a widely known long island artist, captivating and useless, who doesn't suggest to plunge his kinfolk into hindrance. 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 most cases refrained 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 existence. The package deal is addressed to Deb, yet it's added into the inaccurate arms: her children's.
With this vertiginous starting starts off a debut that's by means of turns humorous, clever, and indescribably relocating. because the Shanleys spin aside into separate orbits, leaving big apple 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 international she can't in all probability comprehend. Writing with impressive precision, humor, and wonder, Julia Pierpont has crafted a undying, highly relaxing novel concerning the bonds of relations life--their brittleness, and their resilience.
Praise for one of the 10000 Things
"A luscious, shrewdpermanent summer time novel . . . a few family members blown aside and but nonetheless painfully tethered jointly, written by means of a blazingly gifted younger writer whose prose is so guaranteed and whose observations are so certain and deeply felt that it's nearly an insult to increase her age."--Helen Schulman, the recent York instances booklet Review
"[An] very good, insightful first novel . . . a gripping portrait of the disintegration of the Shanley relatives . . . Pierpont brings this kinfolk of 4 to lifestyles in sharply saw aspect. . . . An acute observer of social comedy, Ms. Pierpont has a willing eye for the absurd."--Moira Hodgson, The Wall highway Journal
"Pierpont's language is heart-stopping. . . . Technically, in fact, it is a family drama. yet among Pierpont's literary finesse and her attractive characters, it reads like a page-turner. [Grade:] A"--Entertainment Weekly
"Tender, delicately perceptive . . . Pierpont's voice is wry and assured, and he or she is an exceptional anthropologist of recent York life."--The Washington Post
"Bracing . . . Pierpont's killer finishing unearths the lengthy achieve of the affair's effects (sorry, no plot spoilers). give some thought to this a twisty, gripping story--that packs an emotional wallop."--O: The Oprah Magazine
"A debut so sincere and mature that it'll resonate with even the main action-hungry readers--perhaps opposed to cause. Her tale is the single we'll be speaking approximately this summer time, and good beyond."--Meredith Turits, vainness Fair
"Fans of [Virginia] Woolf's perception into the human recognition . . . will take pleasure in Pierpont's acute statement of a relatives in predicament, her deft pacing and deeply human characterization of every member of the family."--The Huffington Post
"Pierpont orchestrates the narrative with verve, telling her tale from the viewpoint of every friend. There are moments of wry hilarity, and of wisdom."--BBC
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Among the Ten Thousand Things: A Novel by Julia Pierpont