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From the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man, a scintillating novel of love, loss, and literary rivalry set in rapidly changing Brooklyn.

The Astral is a huge rose-colored old pile of an apartment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For decades it was the happy home (or so he thought) of the poet Harry Quirk and his wife, Luz, a nurse, and of their two children: Karina, now a fervent freegan, and Hector, now in the clutches of a cultish Christian community. But Luz has found (and destroyed) some poems of Harry's that ignite her long-simmering suspicions of infidelity, and he's been summarily kicked out. He now has to reckon with the consequence of his literary, marital, financial, and parental failures (and perhaps others) and find his way forward - and back into Luz's good graces.

Harry Quirk is, in short, a loser, living small and low in the water. But touched by Kate Christensen's novelistic grace and acute perception, his floundering attempts to reach higher ground and forge a new life for himself become funny, bittersweet, and terrifically moving. She knows what secrets lurk in the hearts of men - and she turns them into literary art of the highest order.

Genre: Romance    Get it on Google Play

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Used availability for Kate Christensen's The Astral

Hardback Editions

October 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Astral (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 1-4104-4232-2 / 978-1-4104-4232-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Astral: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 0-385-53091-9 / 978-0-385-53091-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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June 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Astral
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 0-385-53092-7 / 978-0-385-53092-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Astral
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 0-307-47335-X / 978-0-307-47335-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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Audio Editions

June 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Astral
Author(s): Kate Christensen
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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June 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Astral: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 1-61120-104-7 / 978-1-61120-104-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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June 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Astral: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 1-61120-346-5 / 978-1-61120-346-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Astral: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Christensen
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA