When his best friend Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude Keffy-Horn finds his relationship with drugs and his parents evolving into the extreme when he stumbles upon the straight-edge movement, an underground young culture powered by aggression and hardcore punk. 50,000 first printing.
Eleanor Henderson makes her full-length fiction debut with this touching, challenging, engrossing novel of three young friends coming into their own in the midst of the punk scene of the late 1980s. When Teddy overdoses at the young age of 15, his death indelibly marks the life of his brother Johnny, his best friend Jude, and Eliza, who gets pregnant after one night with Teddy. Against a backdrop of social upheaval in a rapidly gentrifying New York City, these kids struggle to find direction, confronting absentee parents, making big decisions about love and family, and finding belonging in straight-edge bands. Brandishing her story with the same blunt aggression cloaking sincerity that marks the interactions of her teenage characters, Henderson captures the energy of youth in TEN THOUSAND SAINTS. Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Reviews as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- General, Hobbies + Activities, Stages of Life, Types of Characters, Family + Friendship
- June 7, 2011
- June 7, 2011
- Eleanor Henderson