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Publisher's Summary

When his closest friend, Benjamin Sachs, accidentally blows himself up on a Wisconsin road, Peter Aaron attempts to piece together the life that led to Sach's tragic demise and determine the reason for his death.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Paul Auster's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.

This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.
©1993 Paul Auster (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Rich and complex...with fully fleshed characters, a fast-paced plot, thematic sophistication, and narrative cunning." ( The Boston Globe)
"Auster’s most accessible, engaging book. He treats us to his best clear-eyed prose." ( New York Times Magazine)
"Brisk and compelling...Auster’s powerful narrative engine keeps us reading and rushing toward a breathless conclusion." ( Los Angeles Times)

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Better than the "trilogy"

This is the best book by Paul Auster that I have read. I read the famous "New York trilogy" first but that one is very conceptual and abstract. This one is more a book of flesh and blood. Very interesting plot. I'm at 3/4 of the book and I hesitate to read further, because I've become quite attached to the main character and I'm afraid all will not end well ...

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The strange world of unlikely justifications

The characters of the story are authors and they as the real author create their own realities. My problem was that I was constantly lost in their realities and sometimes was forgetting which reality supposed to be the book's reality.