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By Paul Auster

A New York occasions Bestseller

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“An epic bildungsroman . . . . Original and intricate . . . . A monumental assemblage of competing and complementary fictions, a unique that contains multitudes.”
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“A stunningly ambitious novel, and a excitement to read. . . . An incredibly moving, actual journey.”―NPR

Paul Auster’s maximum, such a lot heartbreaking and pleasing novel―a sweeping and miraculous tale of birthright and risk, of affection and of existence itself.

Nearly weeks early, on March three, 1947, within the maternity ward of Beth Israel sanatorium in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only and in simple terms baby of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that unmarried starting, Ferguson’s existence will take 4 simultaneous and self sustaining fictional paths. 4 exact Fergusons made up of an identical DNA, 4 boys who're a similar boy, cross directly to lead 4 parallel and fully various lives. kin fortunes diverge. Athletic abilities and intercourse lives and friendships and highbrow passions distinction. every one Ferguson falls lower than the spell of the awesome Amy Schneiderman, but each one Amy and every Ferguson have a courting like no different. in the meantime, readers will soak up every one Ferguson’s pleasures and soreness from every one Ferguson’s pains, because the mortal plot of every Ferguson’s lifestyles rushes on.

As creative and dexterously built as whatever Paul Auster has ever written, but with a keenness for realism and an exceptional tenderness and fierce attachment to heritage and to lifestyles itself that readers have by no means noticeable from Auster ahead of. 4 three 2 1 is a fabulous and unforgettably affecting travel de force.

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So pretty she was, Ferguson’s mother, so fetching with her gray-green eyes and long brown hair, so spontaneous and alert and quick to smile, so deliciously put together throughout the five feet six inches that had been allotted to her person that Stanley, on shaking her hand for the first time, the remote and normally disengaged Stanley, the twenty-nine-year-old Stanley who had never once been burned by the fires of love, felt himself disintegrating in Rose’s presence, as if all the air had been vacuumed from his lungs and he would never be able to breathe again.

First: Knowing Stanley to be a man of his word, she recoiled at the thought of never seeing him again. For better or worse, after Nancy he was now her best friend. Second: She was already twenty-one, still young enough to be considered young but not as young as most brides were back then, since it wasn’t uncommon for girls to put on wedding gowns at eighteen or nineteen, and the last thing Rose wanted for herself was to remain unmarried. Third: No, she didn’t love Stanley, but it was a proven fact that not all love-marriages turned into successful marriages, and according to what she had read somewhere, the arranged marriages prevalent in traditional foreign cultures were no more or less happy than marriages in the West.

Nothing counted as much as that, not even her work with Schneiderman, not even the long-range and as yet ill-defined plan of one day striking out on her own as a photographer, of opening a studio with her name on the sign above the front door. Those ambitions meant nothing when she compared them to the simple desire to bring a new person into the world, her own son or daughter, her own baby, and to be a mother to that person for the rest of her life. Stanley did his part, making love to her without protection and impregnating her three times in the first eighteen months of their marriage, but three times Rose miscarried, three times in her third month of pregnancy, and when they celebrated their second wedding anniversary in April 1946, they were still childless.

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