Auster's first book in 7 years

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

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By Paul Auster

Here's what the bloggers and reviewers are saying....

This novel is about “four identical but different people with the same name Ferguson”. A novel as attentive to period detail as Philip Roth would be, or Richard Ford, or Jonathan Franzen.

Destruction, divorce and death; there is little that Paul Auster scruples to visit upon his characters.  

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Paul Auster's new novel, 4321, is as big as his ego.

Complex and deliberately difficult at times, Auster plays with his readers and challenges them to keep up while he riffs on the page.