The Astral

By Kate Christensen
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307473356, 320pp.)

Publication Date: June 12, 2012

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Description

In the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, rests a huge rose-colored apartment building called The Astral. For decades it was the happy home of the poet Harry Quirk, his wife, Luz, and their two children: Karina, now a fervent freegan, and Hector, now in the clutches of a cultish Christian community. But when Luz finds poems that ignite her long-simmering suspicions of infidelity, Harry is summarily kicked out, leaving him to reckon with the consequence of his literary, marital, and parental failures. With tremendous grace and acute perception, Kate Christensen details Harry’s floundering attempts to find his way back into Luz’s arms—and back to his better self—in a novel that is funny, bittersweet, and terrifically moving.




About the Author
KATE CHRISTENSEN is the author of the novels "In the Drink," "Jeremy Thrane, "and "The Epicure's Lament," Her essays and articles have appeared in various publications, including "Salon," "Mademoiselle, "the "Hartford Courant, Elle, "and the bestselling anthology "The Bitch in the House," She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.


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  1. Harry Quirk’s obsession with his imploding marriage forms a central arc in The Astral.  Do you trust his narrative of the marriage and its dissolution?  How does your opinion of him evolve as you read the novel?

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