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Ten Thousand Saints
by Eleanor Henderson

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Henderson delivers a sweeping, multigenerational drama that reveals the tangled emotional stitching--and tearing--of births, deaths, loves and losses that shape these families.
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Overview

Henderson delivers a sweeping, multigenerational drama that reveals the tangled emotional stitching--and tearing--of births, deaths, loves and losses that shape these families.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062021021
  • ISBN-10: 0062021028
  • Publisher: Ecco Press
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 388


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-02-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Henderson debuts with a coming-of-age story set in the 1980s that departs from the genre's familiar tropes to find a panoramic view of how the imperfect escape from our parents' mistakes makes (equally imperfect) adults of us. Jude Keffy-Horn and Teddy McNicholas are drug-addled adolescents stuck in suburban Vermont and dreaming of an escape to New York City. But after Teddy dies of an overdose, Jude makes good on their dream and forms a de facto family with Teddy's straight-edge brother, Johnny; Jude's estranged pot-farmer father, Lester; and the troubled Eliza Urbanski, who may be carrying Teddy's child. What results is an odyssey encompassing the age of CBGB, Hare Krishnas, zines, and the emergence of AIDS. Henderson is careful, amid all this youthy nostalgia, not to sideline the adults, who look upon the changing fashions with varying levels of engagement. Still, the narrative occasionally teeters into a didactic, researched tone that may put off readers to whom the milieu isn't new—but the commitment to its characters and jettisoning of hayseed-in-the-city cliché distinguish a nervy voice adept at etching the outlines of a generation, its prejudices and pandemics, and the idols killed along the way. (June)

 
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