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Sunset Park

A Novel

By Paul Auster

Sunset Park
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  • Hardcover: Nov 2010,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2011,
    320 pages.

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Beverly Melven

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A large cast of characters converge during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse

aul Auster is one of those writers who is always multitasking. His stories are never about just one thing, and you can never be sure what's going on behind the scenes until you turn the last page. This is why I hate him, not to mention envy him. And also why I love him.

Sunset Park appears at first to be the ordinary story of a young man, Miles Heller, who is working a dead-end job and trying to find some meaning in his life. But as we explore his history, his current living arrangements, and the people in his life, we start to see that we are really exploring the idea of growing up and what it means to live in the world. All of this, of course, is buried in the conversations and obsessions of Miles and his parents and friends.

Auster is a master of the perfect metaphor. Miles is in Florida when the book begins (though most of the book takes place in New York City), and he ...

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