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Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
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Jul 25, 12

Read in July, 2012

I couldn't wait to write this review because I was so impressed with this book by the time I finished the first two chapters. This is the kind of book I'm going to be thinking about for a long time, the kind of book I was looking forward to reading and stayed up late in the night. This is realist fiction at its best. I loved these characters and their heartbreakingly stupid decisions. I loved how they kept doing all the wrong things and, through sheer grace, also doing all the right things. It was well written, engaging, original -- and it taught me about the seedy underbelly of New York in the 1980's, Alphabet City and Thompkins Square. I lived in New York in the 80's but I never ventured to those places. Too scary by far for me. I also loved learning all about the Straight Edge rock scene. This book did all the right things. It's going to be the kind of book people will be talking about for a long time. I can't say enough to recommend it. Just stop reading this and go read it.
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Lindsay Great review. Too often people try to summarize the entire plot in their reviews making me feel like there's nothing left for me to discover by actually reading the book. Your review was concise and enticing. Well done!


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