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The Heavens

Häftad,  Engelska, 2019-11-19
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New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have impassioned conversations over takeout dumplings and champagne. The evening shines with the heady optimism of a progressive new millennium. A young man, Ben, meets a young woman, Kate--and they begin to fall in love.Kate lives with her head in the clouds, so at first Ben isn't that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she's had since childhood. In the dream, she's transported to the past, where she lives a second life as Emilia, the mistress of a nobleman in Elizabethan England. But for Kate, the dream becomes increasingly real, to the point where it threatens to overwhelm her life. And soon she's waking from it to find the world changed--pictures on her wall she doesn't recognize, new buildings in the neighborhood that have sprung up overnight. As Kate tries to make sense of what's happening, Ben worries the woman he's fallen in love with is losing her grip on reality. Both intoxicating and thought-provoking, The Heavens is a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions, a poignant testament to how the people we love are destined to change, and a masterful exploration of the power of dreams.
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Praise for The Heavens Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, NPR, Guardian, Literary Hub, Electric Lit, Observer, Kirkus Reviews, Washington Independent Review of Books, and A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "From Orlando to Outlander, the riddles of consciousness and time have preoccupied storytellers for centuries and now sit at the heart of Sandra Newman's heady and elegant fourth novel, The Heavens. The Heavens is something of a chameleon, a strange and beautiful hybrid . . . Newman's self-assured prose [is] at once disciplined and sensuous . . . I woke from The Heavens as I hope to emerge from any work of fiction: moved and unsettled, a new and intoxicating set of questions alight on the mind's horizon."--Laura Van Den Berg, New York Times Book Review "In The Heavens, Newman takes on time travel, 9/11, Shakespeare, mental illness, and the end of the world through the experiences of a young couple . . . Her characters may not save the world (spoiler alert!) but they experience love, community, and meaning--even joy."--Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe "Special books are Sandra Newman's specialty, and The Heavens is no exception . . . If you decide to delve into it, Newman will take you on quite a ride through her vivid imagination."--Lynn Neary, NPR "Weekend Edition" "A work of remarkable skill and invention, linguistic brio and righteous political intent, and one which gleefully defies categorization . . . At all times one is conscious of a strong guiding intelligence at work: of Newman's profound concern for the world, for its politics, its threatened places--and above all for the humans bustling about, often hopelessly, in a pained confusion of love . . . A truly astonishing work, capable of eliciting from even the most jaded reader both a kind of startled surprise and an unqualified admiration."--Sarah Perry, Spectator "We're in New York in the summer of 2000, at a spacious apartment where a gorgeous young couple fall in love. But both harbor secrets, and one seems to be losing her grip on reality."--Entertainment Weekly "There are some writers whose prose is nothing short of electrifying: it pings and crackles off the page . . . In her fourth novel, The Heavens, Newman's sparky sensibility is given the grandest of backdrops . . . Newman's genius lies in balancing these timelines and world so finely that the whole thing is seamless--not to mention lots of fun. The narrative darts around deftly and the bursts of archaic language are playful and tender . . . The novel is a study of creativity--its importance and worth, but also how it separates creators from their loved ones."--Emma Jane Unsworth, Guardian "Throughout Sandra Newman's new novel, there is an exquisitely calibrated strangeness . . . Newman has business elsewhere, but if she treats Tudor England like she owns the place, it's because she evidently does. She is simply unerring, deeply read and possessed of a phenomenal ear for diction . . . The calamities of our age, in this novel, are also an intricate drama of moral philosophy. Like all dramas, it has a resolution, and one of such eye-popping metaphysical grandeur that I couldn't spoil it even if I wanted to."--Paraic O'Donnell, Irish Times "Something rich and strange: a book that runs through many scarcely believable and yet, in any given moment, entirely plausible iterations . . . The novel ably explores humanitarianism and environmental concerns, modern ideas of family, communal living, surrogacy and loss . . . Newman's shifting landscapes are thrilling, her changing registers subtle but acute, from the clipped, cultivated language of the Elizabethan court, to the witty, wise-cracking dialogue of 21st-century New Yorkers . . . A metaphorical end-of-the-world set-up as beguiling as it is bleak."--Catherine Taylor, New Statesman "A novel unlike any other . . . Magical."-

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Sandra Newman is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Cake, and The Country of Ice Cream Star, longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR. She is the author of the memoir Changeling as well as several other nonfiction books. Her work has appeared in Harper's and Granta, among other publications. She lives in New York City.