THE ASTRAL, by Kate Christensen, gets its title by way of its namesake, the Astral building in Brooklyn, New York. This building houses the protagonist of this book, an aging poet named Harry Quirk. His last name befits him and his family. They are interestingly dysfunctional in many ways.
Harry was once a somewhat well-known poet, teaching poetry workshops and writing his lyrical poems in rhyming and sonnet style. His publisher and mentor has moved to Europe and his style is now out of favor in the United States. His wife, Luz, decides after thirty years of marriage that Harry is having an affair with his best friend, Marion. Despite Harryâ€™s pleading innocence â€“ and he is innocent â€“ Luz does not believe him and she kicks him out of their apartment in the Astral.
August 1, 2011
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Tags: Brooklyn, Hasidic Life, Kate Christensen, Quirky Â· Posted in: Contemporary, Drift-of-Life, Family Matters, New York City, Satire, y Award Winning Author
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