Among the Ten Thousand Things: A Novel by Julia Pierpont

By Julia Pierpont

For lovers of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, one of the 10000 issues is a blinding first novel, a portrait of an American kinfolk at the cusp of irrevocable swap, and a startlingly unique tale of affection and time lost.

Jack Shanley is a widely known ny artist, captivating and useless, who doesn't suggest to plunge his relations into drawback. His spouse, Deb, gladly left at the back of a tough occupation as a dancer to elevate the 2 youngsters she adores. within the resulting years, she has typically kept away from coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the fellow she married. yet then an anonymously despatched package deal arrives within the mail: a cardboard field containing sheaves of revealed emails chronicling Jack's mystery lifestyles. The package deal is addressed to Deb, yet it's added into the incorrect palms: her children's.

With this vertiginous commencing starts off a debut that's via turns humorous, clever, and indescribably relocating. because the Shanleys spin aside into separate orbits, leaving ny in an try and regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the attract of grownup freedoms for the 1st time, whereas eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously right into a grown-up international she can't probably comprehend. Writing with striking precision, humor, and sweetness, Julia Pierpont has crafted a undying, highly relaxing novel concerning the bonds of kinfolk life--their brittleness, and their resilience.

Praise for one of the 10000 Things

"A luscious, clever summer season novel . . . a couple of kin blown aside and but nonetheless painfully tethered jointly, written by means of a blazingly proficient younger writer whose prose is so guaranteed and whose observations are so targeted and deeply felt that it's virtually an insult to increase her age."--Helen Schulman, the recent York occasions publication Review

"[An] first-class, insightful first novel . . . a gripping portrait of the disintegration of the Shanley relations . . . Pierpont brings this kinfolk of 4 to existence in sharply saw element. . . . An acute observer of social comedy, Ms. Pierpont has a willing eye for the absurd."--Moira Hodgson, The Wall road Journal

"Pierpont's language is heart-stopping. . . . Technically, after all, this can be a family drama. yet among Pierpont's literary finesse and her attractive characters, it reads like a page-turner. [Grade:] A"--Entertainment Weekly

"Tender, delicately perceptive . . . Pierpont's voice is wry and assured, and she or he is an excellent anthropologist of recent York life."--The Washington Post

"Bracing . . . Pierpont's killer finishing finds the lengthy succeed in of the affair's outcomes (sorry, no plot spoilers). think of this a twisty, gripping story--that packs an emotional wallop."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"A debut so sincere and mature that it'll resonate with even the main action-hungry readers--perhaps opposed to cause. Her tale is the single we'll be conversing approximately this summer season, and good beyond."--Meredith Turits, self-importance Fair

"Fans of [Virginia] Woolf's perception into the human realization . . . will savour Pierpont's acute remark of a relatives in challenge, her deft pacing and deeply human characterization of every member of the family."--The Huffington Post

"Pierpont orchestrates the narrative with verve, telling her tale from the viewpoint of every friend. There are moments of wry hilarity, and of wisdom."--BBC

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Reza nods gravely. “Yes, yes, I know this Niksoon. ” Ponneh rolls her eyes and Saba flips to the center of the magazine, where pictures from this beautiful girl’s life are displayed for millions to see. She is a princess. Shahzadeh Nixon. ), with her flirtatious American grin and her shiny American suitor—a boy so pale and handsome that he could be in the movies if he wasn’t busy beaming over his shoulder at photographers and staring at the fairy girl’s hands as if he were just a little bored. “So lucky,” whispers Ponneh.

And here you are, believing everything they tell you to believe. You don’t know what’s 51 dina nay er i true”—she shakes a finger at Saba and glares—“ultimate truth, real truth like most people don’t see. ” Saba is bursting with the hundred responses that bubble up all at once, but before she can choose, Ponneh jumps to her feet. “Come, Saba,” she says. ” Saba doesn’t move. She looks into the unfocused gaze of this tiny old-world fortune-teller who, through her curtain of cataracts, has seen more of Saba than her own father has.

It is the best in the world. So rare and produced only here in Gilan—and the girls were hanging about under our skirts. ). The girls had a lot of books, but their favorite stories were the kind you hear in the village square from the hundred-year-old toothless goats with long water pipes and tiny stools. Those men talk all day about jinns and paris and how to bring good luck. They tell old stories like Leyli and Majnoon, Rostam, or Zahhak, with the snakes growing out of his shoulders. I recognized the story Mahtab was telling Saba because it came from one of these old men, but I assumed Mahtab didn’t believe it.

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