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"Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill, ambition, and a fierce imagination. The resulting novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is the best thing I've read in a long time."
--Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder

A sweeping, multigenerational drama, set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City during the late 1980s, Ten Thousand Saints triumphantly heralds the arrival a remarkable new writer. Eleanor Henderson makes a truly stunning debut with a novel that is part coming of age, part coming to terms, immediately joining the ranks of The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud and Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude. Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young--and old--are all major elements in this heart-aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture.



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Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson's latest novel is The Twelve-Mile Straight (Ecco, 2017) . Her debut novel, Ten Thousand Saints (Ecco, 2011) , was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times, was a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times, and was adapted into a movie in 2015. Her work has appeared in Agni, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best American Short Stories. With Anna Solomon she is the co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by America's Best Women Writers (FSG, 2014) . An associate professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband and two sons.



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