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The Astral by Kate Christensen
The Astral is an old, large apartment building in Brooklyn, where poet Harry Quirk lives with his wife, Luz. Luz has found and destroyed Harry's new poems which she incorrectly interprets as clues to his infidelity. Then she threw him out. At 57, Harry is unemployed and broke. He sleeps on the sofa of his long-time female friend, the woman Luz is convinced is Harry's lover. Harry desperately wants to get back in Luz's good graces, but she's determined to play the wronged and vengeful spouse. With or without her, Harry must find his new lot in life. Kate Christensen's novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "Christensen is a master at nailing Harry's antagonizing voice, and her protagonist does not disappoint. Readers will be sucked into extremely realistic familial dramas while Christensen perfectly captures her Brooklyn backdrop - from dive bars to hipsters drinking overpriced coffee in trendy cafes. With acute perception and witty humor, this bittersweet novel moves along at a tremendous pace, entertaining until its climactic final scene."