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Ten Thousand Saints - Eleanor Henderson
Ten Thousand Saints
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Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his... show more
Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York City's East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex. With Teddy's half brother, Johnny, and their new friend, Eliza, Jude tries to honor Teddy's memory through his militantly clean lifestyle. But his addiction to straight edge has its own dangerous consequences. While these teenagers battle to discover themselves, their parents struggle with this new generation's radical reinterpretation of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and their grown-up awareness of nature and nurture, brotherhood and loss. Moving back and forth between Vermont and New York City, Ten Thousand Saints is an emphatically observed story of a frayed tangle of family members brought painfully together by a death, then carried along in anticipation of a new and unexpected life. With empathy and masterful skill, Eleanor Henderson has conjured a rich portrait of the modern age and the struggles that unite and divide generations.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062021021 (0062021028)
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 388
Edition language: English
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Timmeloche
Timmeloche rated it
1.0 Ten Thousand Saints: A Novel
I abandoned this at 50 pages. I wasn't enjoy the tone of the story and could not relate to the characters or the content. If you like stories about young kids drug addict parents, no prospects who spend their day wandering aimlessly and taking drugs, then you might like this book.
willemite
willemite rated it
You’ve been punked. There are few halos in view in this ensemble coming-of-age tale. Sixteen-year-old Jude Keffy-Horn, named for the saint of lost causes, and maybe a Beatles song, is a lost soul of a teenager. He lives a fairly meaningless existence in Lintonberg, Vermont (by which we mean Burlingt...
Bright and Shiny Shiny
Bright and Shiny Shiny rated it
5.0
Wow-I loved this book!! From the first page to the last I was completely sucked in and couldn't wait to get back to these characters and their world. Touching on the straight edge/hardcore scene in New York in the late 1980's this novel gave you a glimpse of what the kid's of the hippies may have ...
Bright and Shiny Shiny
Bright and Shiny Shiny rated it
5.0 Ten Thousand Saints
Wow-I loved this book!! From the first page to the last I was completely sucked in and couldn't wait to get back to these characters and their world. Touching on the straight edge/hardcore scene in New York in the late 1980's this novel gave you a glimpse of what the kid's of the hippies may have ...
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