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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auste Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Luminous, passionate, expansive, an emotional tour de force, Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.

An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families.

A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world.

William Wyler's 1946 classic The Best Years of Our Lives.

A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway.

An independent publisher desperately trying to save his business and his marriage.

These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel about contemporary America and its ghosts. Sunset Park is a surprising departure that confirms Paul Auster as one of our greatest living writers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 2/19/2014

    " I particularly love Paul Auster's writing. It draws me in and keeps me floating page by page, chapter by chapter. This book talks about many things that have importance in my life: baseball as a means to bond, the lure of Brooklyn, the love of literature and the meaning it gives to our lives. Miles Heller is a twenty-eight year-old who, according to his father, is stuck in the psyche of an 17-18 year-old. Haunted by the memory of his step-brother's death and convinced that it was all his fault, he drops out of Brown in his junior year and spends the next nine years or so bouncing from city to city, low-profile job to low-profile job, relationship to relationship, until he meets Pilar Sanchez in Florida. Unfortunately, she is a sixteen year-old high school girl, an orphan with three older sisters. His father and step-mother are devastated by his disappearance, his mother, an aging actress less so, but concerned. His good friend Bing keeps in touch with Miles, as well as his father, a small independent publisher of important literary works. In the wake of the 2008 economic collapse, Bing, having commandeered an abandoned house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, moves in with three women. When one of the squatters moves out, Bing asks Miles to join them as the fourth, and, surprisingly, he agrees. Miles is motivated by a blackmailing Sanchez older sister and a desire to finally make amends with his parents and their spouses. The squatters' anxiety heightens when NYC marshalls order them to vacate the premises, but Bing wants to stand tall against the The baseball connection between Miles and his father is very real for me and the motif of the hard-luck pitchers brought me to tears (a Cleveland Indian and a Detroit Tiger). However, the games the father and son play, such as the all-body parts team (think Rollie Fingers, for starters, or relievers) are pricelessly funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cillian | 2/19/2014

    " Great stuff. I've read a few of his books, but this is the most enjoyable, most satisfying, most profound since Leviathan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clara | 2/14/2014

    " I liked many things about this book but not the ending. Give the children of Sunset Park a little credit, Paul. They're not as hopeless as you want them to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaia | 2/5/2014

    " Paul Auster is smart. So is this book. "

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