The golden house: a novel

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture—a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the VanitiesNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • PBS • HARPER’S BAZAAR ESQUIREFINANCIAL TIMESTHE TIMES OF INDIA On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king—a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie’s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age.Praise for The Golden House“[A] modern masterpiece . . . telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author’s head.”—Associated Press “Wildly satiric and yet piercingly real . . . If F. Scott Fitzgerald, Homer, Euripides, and Shakespeare collaborated on a contemporary fall-of-an-empire epic set in New York City, the result would be The Golden House.”—Poets & Writers “A tonic addition to American—no, world!—literature . . . a Greek tragedy with Indian roots and New York coordinates.”San Francisco Chronicle
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FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Political
FICTION / Satire
Families
Families -- Fiction
Family life -- Fiction
Family secrets
Family secrets -- Fiction
Fiction
Fiction -- Satire
Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
Humorous fiction
Literary -- FICTION
Motion picture producers and directors
Motion picture producers and directors -- Fiction
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction
New York (State) -- New York
Political -- FICTION
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Rich people
Rich people -- Fiction
Satire
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title_displayThe golden house : a novel
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The Golden House A Novel [electronic resource] Rushdie, Salman.
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The golden house : a novel / Salman Rushdie
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FICTION / Political
FICTION / Satire
Families
Family
Family life
Family secrets
Fiction
Literary
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Motion picture producers and directors
Political
Rich people
Satire
Visitors, Foreign