Book #Review and #Giveaway: The Astral by Kate Christensen {2 Winners}

Saturday, October 29, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
From the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning author of The Great Man, a scintillating novel of love, loss, and literary rivalry set in rapidly changing Brooklyn.

The Astral is a huge rose-colored old pile of an apart­ment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For decades it was the happy home (or so he thought) of the poet Harry Quirk and his wife, Luz, a nurse, and of their two children: Karina, now a fer­vent freegan, and Hector, now in the clutches of a cultish Christian community. But Luz has found (and destroyed) some poems of Harry’s that ignite her long-simmering sus­picions of infidelity, and he’s been summarily kicked out. He now has to reckon with the consequence of his literary, marital, financial, and parental failures (and perhaps oth­ers) and find his way forward — and back into Luz’s good graces.

Harry Quirk is, in short, a loser, living small and low in the water. But touched by Kate Christensen’s novelistic grace and acute perception, his floundering attempts to reach higher ground and forge a new life for himself become funny, bittersweet, and terrifically moving. She knows what secrets lurk in the hearts of men— and she turns them into literary art of the highest order.

My Thoughts
Harry Quirk is a middle-aged poet who seems to have lost everything. His wife wants a divorce, he no longer understands his son and daughter, and his inspiration to write is long gone. The story is told from Frank's point of view - a voice that's honest, bitter, unapologetic, and at times cynical. The Astral is a beautifully written ode to lost youth, to love, to regrets and second chances, and to the city - a living and breathing creature that's a part of the novel just as much as the characters.

The Giveaway
Two (2) lucky readers will win a copy of The Astral!

To enter, please leave a comment below what's the best book you've read so far in 2011 - then follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form.

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Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.

17 comments:

  1. AnneLoyd said...

    The best book that I have read this year so far has been The Insider by Reese Hirsch.

    Anneliz702@hotmail.com

  2. ann said...

    Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens best I read this year.

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  3. Patricia said...

    To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit

    patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

  4. DarcyO said...

    The best book I've read this year is "A Trick of the Light" by Louise Penny.

  5. Patricia N said...

    Cutting for Stone is the best book I've read so far.
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  6. Carrie Phelps said...

    The best book I've read so far this year is Night by Elie Wiesel.
    carriedust@yahoo.com

  7. Anonymous said...

    sing you home by jodi picoult

  8. holdenj said...

    One of the best books I've read this year was Trick of the Light.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Kristie said...

    One of the best books I read in 2011 (so far) was "Breath" by Martha Mason. It's about a lady in an iron lung. Amazing!kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  10. Nancy said...

    Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans.

  11. lag123 said...

    The Help by Kathyrn Stockett

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  12. Charity and John said...

    I have been reading the Stephanie Plum series of books. I just finished the last book she wrote in the set...can't wait for the next one and they are making a movie too!
    primabee at hotmail dot com

  13. rubynreba said...

    The best book I have read is Beside Still Waters.

  14. Rosita said...

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

  15. mamabunny13 said...

    I really enjoyed The Scorpio Races.

  16. Kris said...

    I really liked The Help

  17. The Sleepy Dreamer said...

    I loved Love You More, by Lisa Gardner. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

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