Fic­tion

Greet­ings From Asbury Park

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2021
In a small sea­side city on the Jer­sey Shore, three half-sib­lings con­front the death of a dis­tant and bul­ly­ing patri­arch. They now have the chance to imag­ine new rela­tion­ships and new futures, ones that would have been near-unthink­able while
their father was alive.

Caught in their cross­fire are the con­ser­v­a­tive reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties that bor­der Asbury Park, the long­time locals who have been pushed to the fringe by the shore’s revi­tal­iza­tion, and the leg­endary town upon which the whole world seems to con­verge. Slow­ly, how­ev­er, they come to under­stand that every­thing — their future, their hap­pi­ness — depends on whether they can face them­selves.

Wise, per­cep­tive, and provoca­tive, Greet­ings from Asbury Park is a remark­able lit­er­ary debut in the tra­di­tion of great Amer­i­can nov­els such as Sher­wood Anderson’s Wines­burg, Ohio. It is a deep inter­ro­ga­tion of place that depicts flawed char­ac­ters as they break through to adult­hood, truth, and to a moral rela­tion­ship with the world.

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