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The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
In The Brooklyn Follies, Nathan Glass comes back to Brooklyn at 60 years old, in remission from cancer, fallen out from his family, and looking for a place to die. He spends his time writing a book of follies, listing everything he's done wrong in his life. Instead of going quietly into the night, he runs into Tom Wood, his favorite nephew who used to be a bright boy with a promising future. Tom is also down on his luck, but they begin to meet in a bookstore where they befriend its owner, a likable man with a checkered past. Their world is further upended when Tom's niece, Lucy, is left alone and the men decide to take her in. Lucy has been rendered speechless by a trauma she can't tell them about. Together, they must find the lives they thought they'd lost. Paul Auster's novel has received positive reviews with the New Statesman saying, "The Brooklyn Follies is Auster at the top of his game, sublimating the graft of writing into supremely effortless prose. His words are slinky and supple; his characters sing off the page."