4 3 2 1
Paul Auster’s first novel in seven years. His greatest, most provocative, most heartbreaking, most satisfying work.
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‘A masterpiece.’ Daily Mail
‘Absorbing and immersive . . . the author’s greatest novel.’ FT
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous but entirely different paths. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and passions contrast. Each version of Ferguson’s story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.
‘Remarkable . . . A novel that contains multitudes.’ New York Times
‘A vast portrait of the turbulent mid-20th century . . . wonderfully, vividly conveyed.’ New Statesman
Absorbing and immersive . . . the author’s greatest novel . . . showing that he can out-Roth, out-Updike and out-Franzen the greatest as a richly textured chronicler of modern America in flux, in transit and in crisis . . . The postmodern epic has never felt so much like an addictive long-form TV serial.
Remarkable . . . A novel that contains multitudes.
A vast portrait of the turbulent mid-20th century . . . wonderfully, vividly conveyed.
Ingenious . . . 4 3 2 1 reads like a big social drama . . . while offering the philosophical exploration of one man’s fate.
An epic home-run.
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