Rebecca’s May Recommendation

Sunset Park by Paul Auster

“This novel takes place during the 2008 economic crash, and begins with the movements of protagonist Miles Heller, who is living in Miami and works as someone who “trashes out” homes of those who could no longer afford to keep them.  Miles is 28 and is living in a self-imposed exile, a third year college dropout who cannot reconcile himself to a traumatic event that took place in his teens.  It is only until he meets Pilar, a young girl who he falls in love, that he travels back to his hometown in New York and lives as a squatter in an abandoned house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  This fast-paced, character-driven novel is beautifully and emotionally written and is told from the perspective of several people, including the other squatters of the building and from Miles’ parents.  I finished this book in less than two days–it is a wonderfully crafted work of literary fiction that grabs you at the first page and doesn’t let go.”

Read about it or request it from the library catalog!

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing (Access to library catalog here)

2) Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Sea by John Banville (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes (Access to library catalog here)

2) War in the Neighborhood by Seth Tobocman

3) Just Kids by Patti Smith (Access to library catalog here)

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