Greetings from Asbury Park

By Daniel H. Turtel

Read by Will Damron and Karen Chilton

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Runtime

7h 42m

Release

04-05-22

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

Runtime

7h 42m

Release

04-05-22

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

What Happened to Asbury Park?

Greetings from Asbury Park by Daniel H Turtel

Overview

Winner of the 2020 Faulkner Society Award for Best Novel
A Tamron Hall Show of Summer Reads
A Vol.1 Brooklyn Pick of the Month
A NetGalley Pick of Debut Authors
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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.

Editorial Reviews

“This deeply affecting portrait of a fractured family and an iconic town is also a timely story of America’s growing pains as we struggle with clashing ideas about just who ‘belongs’ and what it means to be a member of a true community. What a beautiful debut.” Julia Glass, author of Vigil Harbor and National Book Award–winning Three Junes

“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

“There is no shortage of ideas in Greetings from Asbury Park…Turtel contends with the ways children are haunted by their parents in both life and death, the anxieties of legitimacy, the fragile but tight strands of connection that hold communities together, the echoing effects of emotional trauma and the impossibility of escaping from memory, the ongoing frustration of racism and homophobia’s existence into our present, and the taboos of incest.” Brooklyn Rail

“In recent years, the revitalization of Asbury Park, New Jersey, has abounded with unexpected historical resonances, class conflict, and political debates—all things that also make for memorable fiction. Daniel H. Turtel’s new novel ventures into some of these clashes, following the children of a now-deceased man who face an uncertain future.” Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“Turtel captures the smells and sounds of Asbury Park vividly, even for those who have never been near the Jersey Shore, relating the look and feel of mundane, oft-overlooked details with language that renders them anew. A sidewalk rolls out ‘like a pale gray tongue’; a row of houses lit up at night are ‘like a single wall of eyes.’ Everyone struggles here, but the depiction is sublime.” Booklist

“The sphere of activity in Daniel H. Turtel’s Greetings from Asbury Park epitomizes character as place, vacillating along the New Jersey shore between Asbury Park, Deal Lake, and Long Branch, in a vivid and vibrantly described setting…Daniel H. Turtel artfully weaves multiple storylines centered on Asbury Park and stemming from the life of the duplicitous Joseph Larkin. Varying points of view amid clashing cultures are used throughout this modern-day, progressive story that reads like a sign of the times amid a dysfunctional family, whose hidden story is finally brought to light. Through the use of economic language and the power of a wildly engaging story, Greetings from Asbury Park explores existential questions such as right versus wrong; nature versus nurture; morality versus self-direction, and ultimately, to whom we are accountable. It’s a pithy, enjoyable, modern-day story from start to finish, with a cast of fully realized characters you’ll champion to the end.” New York Journal of Books

“Greetings from Asbury Park is a taut exploration of the worlds we build and break around ourselves. Turtel is our next Philip Roth.” Rae DelBianco, author of Prix Littéraire Lucien-Barrière winner Rough Animals

“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

“A masterful, poetic blend of realism and storytelling. Turtel is the real deal—a verbal warrior who's already begun writing the next chapters in the saga of masculinity’s struggle with itself.” Austin Ratner, award-winning author of The Jump and In the Land of the Living

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Daniel H. Turtel

Author Biography

Daniel H. Turtel is the author of the novel Greetings from Asbury Park, winner of the Faulkner Society Award for Best Novel. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in mathematics and received an MFA from the New School. He now lives in New York City.

Karen Chilton

Narrator Biography

Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, won three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2020 won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns.

Will Damron

Narrator Biography

Will Damron has won several Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has had acting roles off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country.