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- KurzbeschreibungNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND THE HUFFINGTON POST - Features an exclusive conversation between Julia Pierpont and Lena Dunham<br>For fans of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the Ten Thousand Things is a dazzling first novel, a portrait of an American family on the cusp of irrevocable change, and a startlingly original story of love and time lost.<br>Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn't mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack's secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it's delivered into the wrong hands: her children's.<br>With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously into a grown-up world she can't possibly understand. Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life-their brittleness, and their resilience.<br>Praise for Among the Ten Thousand Things <br>"A luscious, smart summer novel . . . by a blazingly talented young author." - The New York Times Book Review <br>"This book is one of the funniest, and most emotionally honest, I've read in a long time." -Jonathan Safran Foer<br>"Obsessively compelling . . . emotionally sophisticated . . . Among the Ten Thousand Things rises above [other novels] for its imagined structure, sentence-by-sentence punch, and pure humanity." - Vanity Fair <br>"Gripping . . . Pierpont brings this family of four to life in sharply observed detail. . . . An acute observer of social comedy, Ms. Pierpont has a keen eye for the absurd." - The Wall Street Journal <br>"Pierpont's language is heart-stopping. . . . Between Pierpont's literary finesse and her captivating characters, [ Among the Ten Thousand Things ] reads like a page-turner." - Entertainment Weekly (grade: A)<br>"A twisty, gripping story-that packs an emotional wallop." - O: The Oprah Magazine <br>"There are going to be as many ingenious twists and turns in this literary novel as there are in a top-notch work of suspense like Gone Girl
- AutorJulia Pierpont
- VerlagRandom House LCC US
- Seiten352 Seiten
- Gewicht258 g
- LeseprobeThis excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof<br>Copyright © 2015 Julia Pierpoint<br>PART ONE<br>New York,<br>the End of May<br>Dear Deborah,<br> Do you go by Deborah? It sounds so uptight. I bet you hate Debbie. I hate Debbie, too.<br>Jack calls you Deb.<br>This is a letter about Jack.<br>I began sleeping with your husband last June. We were together for seven months, almost as long as I've known him.<br>We did it in my apartment. Or I went to his studio, a lot. One time at the Comfort Inn in midtown, last August. He used his Visa. Look it up. I know about Kay, her getting bullied at school, and I know about when Simon got caught shoplifting at the Best Buy. I never asked to know about your family. It's just that sometimes, he needed me.<br>In movies, when the woman is dumped, one thing to do is to take all the love letters and pictures from photo booths and old T-shirts, and to set them on fire. This is to help the woman move on.<br>I don't have any pictures from photo booths. What I have is email, and a little blue folder on my hard drive called "Chats." So, look what I did. I printed them, at a FedEx on Houston Street. $87.62. I haven't had my own printer since college. The hours and hours made pages and pages, none of it so romantic, a lot dirtier than I remembered. I bought a handle of Georgi at the liquor store so it would really burn-the Jamaican behind the register gave me extra bags because it was hard to keep the pages together-and I carried everything back, the sum of my love rolled in black-and-gold plastic, and dumped it all out into the bathtub.<br>But it didn't seem fair, that I should be left with the mess, when I use this tub, when I stand in it almost every day. So I got this box together, to give to him.<br>And then just now I was looking at it, and I realized whom I should be giving it to. You.<br>Falling in love is just an excuse for bad behavior. If you're fucking someone in a way that you mean it, the rest of you is fucked also. Did I care about you, your children? Did I care about my work? Ask me if I cared. If I care, even.<br>The thing that kills me, that I can't get over, is I didn't do anything to make him stop wanting me. I didn't change. I held very still on purpose. I weighed myself the other day for the first time in a long time. I thought for sure I'd gained weight, like twenty pounds. Twenty pounds is maybe enough to change the way someone feels about you. But no.<br>You get migraines, right? He told me you do. I get them too, Deb
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