Greetings from Asbury Park

By Daniel H. Turtel

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Winner of the Faulkner Society Award for Best NovelIn 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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Release

04-05-22

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

Release

04-05-22

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

Description

Winner of the Faulkner Society Award for Best Novel

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.

Praise

“Greetings from Asbury Park is phenomenal…To summon the Shore—and Asbury Park, no less—in all its delirious breathtaking bull-headed complexity requires an artist of the first order and Turtel is such an artist. Greetings from Asbury Park is a novel to be cherished, a blazing summer for the heart and the mind.” Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“It takes some audacity to name your book after a classic album, but Daniel Turtel earns the right. Greeting from Asbury  Park is a remarkable debut from a talented writer—ambitious, moving, full of complicated, thorny characters and enough Jersey Shore ambiance that you can almost smell the boardwalk.” Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Election and Little Children

“Compact, stylish, and deeply felt, Greetings from Asbury Park examines relationships with precision, clarity, and warmth, honoring the richness of both darkness and light, both fleeting moments and entire lives. A tremendous debut.” Rebecca Kauffman, author of The Gunners and Another Place You’ve Never Been

Daniel H. Turtel

Author Biography

Daniel H. Turtel grew up on the Jersey Shore. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in mathematics and is currently pursuing an MFA at the New School where he is studying on a Provost Scholarship. His writing has appeared in the Baltimore Review and has won numerous awards. He now lives in New York City.