Author(s): Kate Christensen
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD0376
Released: Jun 14, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611201048
Narrator/s: Donald Coren
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The Astral is an apartment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For decades it was the happy home of poet Harry Quirk and his wife, Luz--until Luz finds (and destroys) some poems of Harry's that ignite her long-simmering suspicions of infidelity.

Professional reviews

"This remarkable novel takes its name from a Brooklyn institution that sounds something like Manhattan's famous Chelsea Hotel, seedy home to a variety of colorful characters. These include Harry Quirk, a respected but basically failed poet, and his enraged and estranged wife, Luz, who is convinced, wrongly, that Harry is having an affair. Giving us a psychologically acute study of the death of love after a long-term marriage, Christensen succeeds impressively in inhabiting Harry's point of view. Donald Corren brings Christensen's large cast of characters, of which Brooklyn itself is one, to vivid, eccentric life. His version of Harry's freegan lesbian daughter, Karina, is effective; his messianic son, Hector, is a splendid creation; and his angry duet between Harry and his wife's therapist is hilarious. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"