Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review: Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from random House, via Netgalley, 
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Since we're talking about fireworks today, here's a book that has fireworks aplenty in it...

Among the Ten Thousand Things cover


Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s.

With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously into a grown-up world she can’t possibly understand. Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life—their brittleness, and their resilience.


It is SO hard to believe that this is Julia' DEBUT novel! The book reads like one written by an author with at least 5 books under her belt! Julia's way with the written word will catch you and draw you in like honey to a bee, you will not be able to put the book down! It is so well constructed that it could stand as a model for any writing class! Some people may not like how she drops the future into the middle of the tale, for the reader to see how things turn out, based on decisions about to be made. But in away, it is more like real life- how things happen and then we 'Monday morning quarterback'  our decisions when we look back upon the, Julia gives the reader the same option. If you don't want to know, then skip to the next part, and go back to the future one, when you finish.You will get the same story of the book, just in a different way,but it doesn't take away from it, This is one of the books of Summer that is sure to be talked about, so don't miss it!

About the Author:

Julia Pierpont is the author of Among the Ten Thousand Things, her debut novel. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the M.F.A. program at N.Y.U., where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn with her lunatic dog, Dash.

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