Netherland

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This mesmerizing, powerfully felt novel about a man trying to make his way in an America of shattered hopes and values gives readers both a flawlessly drawn picture of a little-known New York and a story of much larger and brilliantly achieved ambitions: the grand strangeness and fading promise of 21st-century America from an outsider's vantage point, if, in fact, it is a vantage point. Most immediately, Netherland is the story of one man - of a marriage foundering and recuperating in its mystery and ordinariness, of the shallows and depths of male friendship, of mourning and memory. And, even more to the point, of the struggle for meaning that governs any single life. 272p.

Editorial Reviews

Novelist and memoirist O'Neill (Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, 2001, etc.), born in Ireland and raised in Holland, goes for broke in this challenging novel set largely in post-9/11 New York City.Dutch banker Hans, who narrates the story from the perspective of 2006, and his British wife Rachel, a lawyer, get more than they bargain for when they transfer their jobs from London to Manhattan for an American experience. After the World Trade Center bombing, they move out of their Tribeca loft into the Hotel Chelsea, and soon Rachel decamps with their baby son back to London. Hans visits regularly but the marriage flounders. Distraught and lonely, he joins a Cricket league made up mostly of Asian and Caribbean immigrants. Soon he (along with the reader) falls under the sway of Chuck Ramkissoon, a Trinidadian umpire. Chuck is a charming entrepreneur who has opened a kosher sushi restaurant; an inspiringly patriotic immigrant with plans to save America with Cricket; and a petty gangster running a numbers game. A classic charismatic rogue, Chuck leads Hans on a ";;;;Heart of Darkness";;;; tour of New York's immigrant underbelly. As Hans begins to realize that Chuck might be a dangerous friend to have, Hans and Rachel's marriage disintegrates. At Chuck's recommendation, Hans moves back to England to win her back. Throughout, O'Neill plays with the nature of time and memory: Hans's Dutch childhood with his single mother, for example, still haunts him in New York. The shifting truths of who Chuck has been, who Hans's mother was, who Hans and Rachel are to each other, depend on what O'Neill calls ";;;;temporal undercurrents.";;;;This love story about a friendship, a place and a marriage is not easy to read, but it's even harder to stop thinking about. Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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