Among the Ten Thousand Things

Among the Ten Thousand Things By Julia Pierpont, Among the Ten Thousand Things NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND THE HUFFINGTON POST Features an exclusive conversation between Julia Pierpont and Lena DunhamFor fans o
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  • Among the Ten Thousand Things By Julia Pierpont, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND THE HUFFINGTON POST Features an exclusive conversation between Julia Pierpont and Lena DunhamFor fans of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the Ten Thousand Things is a dazzling first novel, a portrait of an American family on the cuNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND THE HUFFINGTON POST Features an exclusive conversation between Julia Pierpont and Lena DunhamFor fans of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the Ten Thousand Things is a dazzling first novel, a portrait of an American family on the cusp of irrevocable change, and a startlingly original story of love and time lost Jack Shanley is a well known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn t mean to plunge his family into crisis His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face to face with the weaknesses of the man she married But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack s secret life The package is addressed to Deb, but it s delivered into the wrong hands her children s With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen year old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven year old Kay wanders precariously into a grown up world she can t possibly understand Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life their brittleness, and their resilience.Praise for Among the Ten Thousand Things A luscious, smart summer novel by a blazingly talented young author The New York Times Book Review This book is one of the funniest, and most emotionally honest, I ve read in a long time Jonathan Safran Foer Obsessively compelling emotionally sophisticated Among the Ten Thousand Things rises above other novels for its imagined structure, sentence by sentence punch, and pure humanity Vanity Fair Gripping Pierpont brings this family of four to life in sharply observed detail An acute observer of social comedy, Ms Pierpont has a keen eye for the absurd The Wall Street Journal Pierpont s language is heart stopping Between Pierpont s literary finesse and her captivating characters, Among the Ten Thousand Things reads like a page turner Entertainment Weekly grade A A twisty, gripping story that packs an emotional wallop O The Oprah Magazine There are going to be as many ingenious twists and turns in this literary novel as there are in a top notch work of suspense like Gone Girl Maureen Corrigan, NPR s Fresh Air Tender, delicately perceptive Pierpont s voice is wry and confident, and she is a fine anthropologist of New York life.
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    1. Julia Pierpont

      Julia Pierpont is the author of Among the Ten Thousand Things, her debut novel She is a graduate of Barnard College and the M.F.A program at N.Y.U where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow She lives in Brooklyn with her lunatic dog, Dash.

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    1. Julia Pierpont is a graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program.That is all you need to know It explains a great deal.She was a Rona Jaffee Foundation Graduate Fellow She was a Stein Fellow She has won awards for her writing So she must be a brilliant writer, yes Literary agents went looking for herONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS is her work of debut fiction The prose is, indeed, very pretty The sentences are well crafted The paragraphs sing with the rhythm of syllables and pauses.Agent Elyse Chene [...]


    2. A strange, great, oddly structured book a lovely surprise The set up a child opens a box of letters sent to her mother that turns out to be from her father s lover is excellent and as the inevitable, spiraling fallout ensues, Pierpont uses her 4 leads generously, spending time in the heads of each of the Shanleys Jack, Deb, and their children Simon and Kay Each character is given their star moments Kay and her marvelous Seinfeld fan fiction Jack and his epic road trip to visit his parents Jack r [...]


    3. One common critique you can find on GR, or anywhere else where book reviews appear, is that a given book is symbolic of some kind of national scourge of MFA programs and the often attractive and privileged young authors who inhabit them This critique is applied to such a diversity of books that it s essentially meaningless, but if there is any common thread of meaning, it s probably that the book is somehow soulless showy and adept on the surface, shallow and superficial at core, a vehicle of st [...]


    4. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for this free advanced readers copy In exchange I am providing an honest review I m confused by the positive reviews, especially the reviews that include the words humorous and funny as descriptives for this story I found nothing funny about it at all In fact, I found it to be rather dull The Shanleys are a NYC based family who are being torn apart by father Jack s indiscretions Jack wants to brush it off as if it is a normal part of life and doesn t reall [...]


    5. A truly incredible book It isn t a contrived fairy tale It does not provide the authors dreams, or provide moral coherence to exaggerated fiction.ead the author finds a way to alludethe inner workings of each of the individuals within the Shanley family The Shanley family is so broken, so shattered, and so chillingly normal The way Julia Pierpont dissects these ordinary lives and lays them bare is heartbreaking,hilarious, and ultimately, keenly honest The writing style is psychologically intrica [...]


    6. Just like you might, I read the marketing description for this novel and thought, Wow That sounds like a great story Not long after, I started seeing this one pop up on lots of must read lists must read in July, must read for summer 2015, etc Pierpont is a debut author, which always excites me, so I decided to give this one a shot I was anticipating something really special I started hearing buzz from important book reviewers and decided to save it for my vacation what a treat I started reading [...]


    7. If there was a point to this book, I didn t see it There is an astonishing lack of emotion and insight, it s too impressed with its own cleverness, and it s stunningly boring I look at the synopsis describing this story as dazzling, funny, wise, and moving, and I m just dumbfounded I wasn t crazy about the strident style of narration for this audiobook, either Review copy from the publisher.


    8. Tough family story about infidelity , tough enough for the wife to find out but then what happens when the kids find out is devastating It s contemporary and real Hits a bit close when you know a situation where a marriage ended as a result of infidelity and to see the impact on children is heartbreaking I ve seen it with people close to me.The description of the book says Jack Shanley is a well known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn t mean to plunge his family into crisis But the f [...]


    9. Among the Ten Thousand Things is split into four parts If I had written this review after I finished part one I would have rated it four, maybe four and a half stars The first part of was excellent It begins with a box of printed chat conversations, between Jack and his mistress, delivered right into the hands of his teenage children It pulled me into the story immediately It was fun, fresh and vulgar in a way that added to the writing I had such high hopes for this book.The rest of the book was [...]


    10. I wish all books I wasn t enjoying would tell me halfway through what happens at the end That saved me a lot of time I don t share others enthusiasm for this book I found it dull and plodding with lifeless characters.


    11. There s no middle ground when it comes to liking Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont I really enjoyed this novel, but I know a lot of people who hated it I must admit, I wasn t crazy about the surprise twist halfway through, because it ruins the ending it s non linear This is the reason I had to dock a star, otherwise than that, I appreciated how raw and honest this novel was when it came to seemingly perfect families No family is perfect Secrets have a way of coming to light Pierpon [...]


    12. You know how Anton Chekhov said If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off If it s not going to be fired, it shouldn t be hanging there What Julia Pierpont has done here is hung various weapons on the wall and left them to gather dust It s the biggest flaw of the book no drama Instead the story meanders and gets lost in debris that frankly should have been edited much tightly, like a little clear stream run [...]


    13. 2.5 Pierpont s ambitiously structured debut novel explores how infidelity affects a whole New York City family Modern artist Jack Shanley s latest exhibit shows an exploded house in the Middle East The installation might be symbolic of his own broken household after his affair goes public Jordan, an NYU art student, prints out every email that passed between her and Jack even the dirty ones and posts them to Deb, Jack s wife Unfortunately, Jack and Deb s 11 year old daughter, Kay, gets to the bo [...]


    14. WARNING DO NOT READ PART TWO AFTER PART ONE SKIP TO PART THREE, READ THAT THEN GO BACK AND READ PART TWO AND THEN PART FOUR Trust me, there is logic behind this advice This book is very well written and Pierpont is definitely talented The box of items central to the story is not for the faint hearted but I came to see the point in the language being so provocative This is a well done character study and book groups should find a lot to discuss here Can t recommend to everyone but will appeal to [...]


    15. Full disclosure I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.Deb Shanley knows that her artist husband, Jack, has had problems with fidelity in fact, when she and Jack first began their relationship, he was still married to his first wife But since he promised that his latest affair had ended, she is than just a little thrown when his jilted lover sends Deb a box of all of the emails many of them sexual in nature that Jack sent her, especially when t [...]


    16. This debut novel by Julia Pierpont starts off with fireworks I found the premise very intriguing a box intended for Deb from the ex mistress of her husband full of every communication between them is intercepted by her children Deb, who had been able to move on with the status quo since discovering her husband s affair many months prior, now has to rethink everything in light of her children ages 11 and 15 knowing about her husband s affair.This novel is divided into 4 parts Part one is the fire [...]


    17. I feel a bit of trepidation about writing this review My experience of the novel was good but not great Julia Pierpont is a really good writer and the story itself was good and explored really interesting themes She plays a lot with structure which is one of the things that I didn t happen to love about it I understand why she probably made that decision but I didn t really like that aspect of the novel Maybe I m too traditionally minded to truly appreciate the out of the box structure she used [...]


    18. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher My opinions are my own Honest, direct, almost raw story of a family s disintegration Pierpont shows a lot of courage, especially in a debut novel, not over explaining characters motivations and moving the few days of action in this story quickly I really loved all of that I loved the two kids and their angry yearning I love the imagery of profanity filled papers fluttering into the courtyard not to mention pinned up in the elevator [...]


    19. This was a really interesting book, and my 3 star rating is definitely a very positive one What makes this book so interesting is the way the plot is structured In the middle of the story, Julia Pierpont decides to give you the ending of the book aka all of the characters lives , and then she goes back to continue the story, knowing very well that we already know how everything is going to end It might sound very spoilery, but it actually worked really well because the story became about the ch [...]


    20. I had a hard time initially understanding why this book has a quite low average rating here on the writing is really good and the characters and happenings engaging More or less a family drama tragedy, it is a well structured and very believable tale that really lets you connect with the characters and know them Not like them all, by a long shot, but that adds to the genuine feeling I do understand the objections that to little actually happens to shock the reader but drag you in I certainly fel [...]


    21. 1.5 stars I didn t like it.After an explosive beginning, this fizzles out into one seemingly endless yawn The publisher recommends this for fans of Jonathan Franzen, and I d have to say that is accuraten that I DNF d the only book I attempted to read from him, after also being unable to form any engagement with the boring novel This one at least was not nearly as painful as Freedom Favorite Quote For a moment everyone was quiet, but the silence was filled with other things.First Sentence Dear De [...]


    22. I tried to get into this novel but hope for that faded with each page I read The author s wordiness was distracting and I could not connect with any of the characters The only time I felt anything was when Katy found the email collection that was meant for her father I don t think Ms Pierpont has enough of an understanding of what can derail a family and how shattering that derailment can be The characterization was shallow and the plot tagged slowly along I read all the hype and wanted to read [...]


    23. What did I think NOT the book for me It was rather depressing and it just seemed overly busy for nothing Besides a family in torment, not much else going on I need a bowl of laughs right about now to lighten the mood Nah This didn t work for me.One tiny, incredibly annoying fact I m not exactly sure why the author thought that placing the ending of the story RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE was going to translate to genius idea Umif I wasn t so OCD, I d have quickly pulled the plug on this one Let s n [...]


    24. Julia Pierpont s Among the Ten Thousand Things is about a marriage in trouble, and how all family members and friends are affected I was intrigued by the synopsis, but not by the actual book The story is told in four parts Parts one and three are set in the present, while parts two and four are quick summaries of what happens to the family members in the future I usual ly enjoy dual time period books, but this one didn t work for me The changing time periods ended up being choppy and disorientin [...]


    25. Is there a brief period in time that defines a life Does that brief period have a clear story arc, a beginning, middle and end, through which we can detect the course of someone s entire life So that the rest of their life is just a spooling out of that incident later we will see they get where they were going In Among the Ten Thousand Things, the author plays with these ideas, not just for one individual, but for an entire family unit And then she adds a fascinating device, providing a glimpse [...]


    26. An interesting beginning daughter finds box of dirty letters from father s mistress to deliver to her mother , but I stopped liking it shortly after Halfway through, you are fast forwarded to the end so you find out how all the characters end up Then you slow down again and go back to the past Why this Why did Pierpont do that to me It was jarring and took away from the enjoyment of the finale, which ended up being disappointing It seemed rather half assed And here s something that started happe [...]


    27. This is a wonderful, beautiful character study about the ramifications of the revelation of an affair in a marriage, and how it truly affects everyone around them.Had I not read After Birth so recently, I might have enjoyed this than I did Though, of course, it is not fair to pit two such stunning books of literary fiction by women against each other at all, and that isn t my intention It just didn t help.I liked this a lot, and I see why people are raving about it Julia Pierpont has a lot of w [...]


    28. This is the first book I ve read by Julia Pierpont so I didn t know what to expect The characters are intiguing if not terribly pleasant yet the narrative language is beautiful Of the main characters Jack is hugely unlikeable, Deb is weak and indecisive, Simon moody, Gary bland However, I enjoyed Simon s brief relationship with Teagan And I felt Jack s relationship with his daughter hugely believable 3.5 stars.


    29. 2.5 stars.This is an MFA novel Now lately, I have given up trying and mostly stopped reading them They frustrate the fuck out of me But the first few pages seemed ok on perusal and so I gave it a go I enjoyed it for a while Then it went all MFA in the middle and pissed me off But I read til the end.Jonathan Safran Foer says on the front cover This book is among the funniest and the most emotionally honest I ve read in a long time On the back cover someone else says Very few writers, at any point [...]


    30. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.When this novel starts, it is very dramatic and seems to point to a family exploding imploding It soon drifts into small quibbles and strange timelines that didn t work very well for me I also felt like it would have been better to get deeper into the wife s feelings I knew about how the cheating husband felt than Deb.


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