Among the Ten Thousand Things

Among the Ten Thousand Things

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"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"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812995220
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 16, 2015

I expect a little puffery on a book flap, but this one takes misrepresentation to a new level. “Hugely enjoyable”? “Funny”? There was little to enjoy in the world of this novel and its unlikeable and unsympathetic characters. Partway through, a flash forward reveals everyone’s fates but fails to deliver the kind of emotional impact to the rest of the story that Pierpont was presumably aiming for. Although I stuck it out until the end in the hope she’d deliver, I wished instead I’d followed the instinct to bail on this dreary story within the first few pages.


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