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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 Ive 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 Emperors Children by Claire Messud and Jonathan Lethems 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.

Synopsis:

In the roiling, electrified streets of New York City in the 1980s, Eliza, Jude, and Johnny each show up wanting a place to hide—from everything that has gone wrong, big and small, in their short lives. These three, thrown together by their parents mistakes and their own, and by the accidental death of a teenage boy, find their regrets transformed into a single, covert mission. Possibility shines from every neglected, graffitied surface. Possibility rings in the hardcore music and seething energy of the citys underground scene. But as they pursue the intoxicating promise of redemption and new life, their secret threatens to crush their alliance with its impossibly heavy burden.

About the Author

Eleanor Henderson earned her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2005. Her story "The Farms" was selected by Alice Sebold for The Best American Short Stories 2009. Henderson's fiction has also appeared in Agni, North American Review, Ninth Letter, and Columbia, among other publications. Her nonfiction has appeared in Poets & Writers, where she was a contributing editor, and Virginia Quarterly Review, where she was the chair of the fiction board. An assistant professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York.

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jadelin, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by jadelin)
A mesmerizing, gritty novel about the wants and pursuits of a small family/group of individuals seeking better. Eleanor Henderson has written a spellbinding page turner that at once makes your stomach turn at thoughts of hurt and more hurt but wants you to want more, better for her characters. It is a creatively crafted story and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy being enmeshed in the lives of those who have everything to lose.
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brookjp, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by brookjp)
i picked this up by accident, and half expected to leave it half read. but something sunk in almost immediately, and i felt totally invested in the fate of the characters and the cities they lived in, loved, and half longed to leave. they got into my head and heart, and i felt equally compelled by all of them and how real they felt to me as a reader. the music scene and clash of cultures felt a tiny bit over written, but it didn't matter. i loved this book and can't wait for more by eleanor henderson.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062021212
Author:
Henderson, Eleanor
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120124
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
A&#8221; <I>Entertainment Weekly</I>
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.864865 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In the roiling, electrified streets of New York City in the 1980s, Eliza, Jude, and Johnny each show up wanting a place to hide&#8212;from everything that has gone wrong, big and small, in their short lives. These three, thrown together by their parents mistakes and their own, and by the accidental death of a teenage boy, find their regrets transformed into a single, covert mission. Possibility shines from every neglected, graffitied surface. Possibility rings in the hardcore music and seething energy of the citys underground scene. But as they pursue the intoxicating promise of redemption and new life, their secret threatens to crush their alliance with its impossibly heavy burden.
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