Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: 4, 3, 2, 1 by Paul Auster

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Waiting on Wednesday is an ingenious tag hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine where us readers get to gush about anticipated releases of novels!  I participate in this meme once a month.

There is so much hype for Paul Auster’s 4, 3, 2, 1 at the moment – I cannot count how many times it has popped up on my Twitter feed.  Saying that, it sounds like it will be an epic of a read.  Following reading the synopsis of the book I quickly booked myself a place at An Evening with Paul Auster with the London Review Bookshop.  You can still buy tickets here.

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Here is the Goodreads blurb:

Astonishing, a masterpiece, Paul Auster’s greatest, most satisfying, most vivid and heartbreaking novel — a sweeping and surprising story of inheritance, family, love and life itself.

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.

As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, yet with a passion for realism and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to history and to life itself that readers have never seen from Auster before. 4 3 2 1 is a marvelous and unforgettably affecting tour de force.

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Does this not sound amazing?  It is released on 31 January 2017 however I am going to wait for my signed book at the event in March.  Reading a book after hearing the author discuss it makes such a difference – don’t you think?

What books are you eagerly anticipating this month?

Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!

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