Kate Christensen

Reading List: 8 Books Set in North Brooklyn

If you’re looking for some new reads this year, why not start with a novel that centralizes around Greenpoint? Or Williamsburg. Bushwick, even! These eight novels focus on the lens of human experience while living in Brooklyn.
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The Astral

As many of you know I live in The Astral and now it’s a NOVEL. Yep. Kate Christensen’s latest book is titled The Astral, with a picture of – you guessed it! – The Astral on the cover.

The Astral is a huge, rose-colored old pile of an apartment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For decades it has been the happy home (or so he thought) of the poet Harry Quirk and his wife, Luz, a nurse; and their two children, Karina, now a fervant freegan, and Hector, who has fallen into the clutches of a cultish Christian community. But when Luz finds (and destroys) some poems of Harry’s that ignite her long-simmering suspicions of infidelity, she summarily kicks him out. Suddenly he must reckon with the consequence of his literary, marital, financial, and parental failures and find his way forward—and back to Luz’s good graces.

You can check her out her book launch party (and buy the book!) tonight at Word.

Launch Party for The Astral by Kate Christensen
Tuesday June 14th, 2011 at 7pm
Word Bookstore
126 Franklin Street

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