Sunset Park

Paul Auster, Author
Paul Auster, Holt, $25 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8050-9286-8
Reviewed on: 07/19/2010
Release date: 11/01/2010
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Auster (Invisible) is in excellent form for this foray into the tarnished, conflicted soul of Brooklyn. New York native Miles Heller now cleans out foreclosed south Florida homes, but after falling in love with an underage girl and stirring the wrath of her older sister, he flees to Brooklyn and shacks up with a group of artists squatting in the borough's Sunset Park neighborhood. As Miles arrives at the squat, the narrative broadens to take in the lives of Miles's roommates—among them Bing, "the champion of discontent," and Alice, a starving writer—and the unlikely paths that lead them to their squat. Then there's the matter of Miles's estranged father, Morris, who, in trying to save both his marriage and the independent publishing outfit he runs, may find the opportunity to patch things up with Miles. The fractured narrative takes in an impressive swath of life and history—Vietnam, baseball trivia, the WWII coming-home film The Best Years of Our Lives—and even if a couple of the perspectives feel weak, Auster's newest is a gratifying departure from the postmodern trickery he's known for, one full of crisp turns of phrase and keen insights. (Nov.)
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