Sunset Park – It’s What We’re Reading

October 2011

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Sunset Park

Paul Auster
Paul Auster’s “Sunset Park” is a heartfelt and human look at what it’s like to get by and maintain relationships in our current economic times. The story is set during the 2008 economic crisis, and is told from many different points of view, but centers around a young man named Miles Heller. Miles “trashes out” foreclosed homes in Florida and spends most of the rest of his time with his girlfriend, Pilar. But when sudden and dramatically difficult circumstances force him to temporarily leave Pilar and return home to New York City, he must confront decades-old demons that both shaped and darkened his life ever since he was a teenager. Miles moves into an abandoned house in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park where he squats with an old friend and two other roommates, all struggling to get by. He must decide whether to make amends with his estranged parents and re-enter the life he left in New York so long ago, or whether it’s better to deny his past. “Sunset Park” is a tale of love, loss, and identity, beautifully told.

This novel can be found in the Popular Reading collection on the first floor of the Library.