The Days of Awe [NOOK Book]


Washington Post Best Books of 2005.

Philadelphia Inquirer Top 10 Fiction Pick, Fall 2005

"[Nissenson] more than holds his own in the arena of gritty, ...
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Washington Post Best Books of 2005.

Philadelphia Inquirer Top 10 Fiction Pick, Fall 2005

"[Nissenson] more than holds his own in the arena of gritty, all-too-present-day realism, brilliantly conveying his characters' anxiety and suffering, their conflicting ideas,
emotions and beliefs, and the love for one another that makes
them so vulnerable but also lends enduring value to their
menaced lives."-Wall Street Journal

"Solid character writing and attention to the details of daily
life make the September 11 material well motivated; as characters continue to worry, kibitz, philosophize and complain, one feels that they have a real sense of the stakes."-Publishers Weekly

"A moving, thought-provoking exploration of coming to grips
with mortality."-Booklist

"I just finished The Days of Awe. I am too moved to move. (Even this pen.) An amazing novel. It is as if we are eavesdropping on life." -Cynthia Ozick
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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn See
If … you believe that at their best, novels should be transformative, should rip the dusty curtains from our everyday vision and reveal the reality of our existence; if you don't mind being terrorized by a narrative if it takes you to a greater understanding of what it means to be alive on this earth; if you're willing to take this ride with Hugh Nissenson, then you're not in for a treat exactly -- that would be the wrong word -- but you'll be looking at a different world when you finish his pages. A last warning: Read it in the daytime if you can. All the special effects of all the Hollywood horror movies disappear into nothing compared with this book.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
The national tragedy of 9/11 collides with the personal tragedy of a Manhattan book illustrator. Artie Rubin, 67, lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Johanna; the first half of the book deals with the ordinary details of love, work and sex in later life. At the attack on the World Trade Center midbook, Nissenson broadens the scope to include friends, acquaintances and characters who get caught in the attacks, including a man who jumps from one of the towers while talking to his fianc e, as a former romantic rival, who missed work that day, survives. Johanna suffers a serious heart attack; Artie struggles to maintain his perspective. Their lives in the Jewish community play a significant role and their faith comes in for heavy questioning. The grim conclusion adds a dark cast to an otherwise balanced narrative. This is Nissenson's first novel since the NBA and PEN-Faulkner finalist The Tree of Life (1985). Solid character writing and attention to the details of daily life make the September 11 material well motivated; as characters continue to worry, kibitz, philosophize and complain, one feels that they have a real sense of the stakes. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402233289
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 771 KB

Meet the Author

Hugh Nissenson is the author of eight books, including the recent illustrated novel The Song of the Earth, which received a number of superb reviews in the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times among others. His previous novel The Tree of Life was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pen-Faulkner Award in 1985. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    want my money back !!

    Horrible. So poorly written under the guise of "modern". Characters are 2 dimensional. Every relationship is happy, not great just happy.
    You don't want to remember a soul !
    Inserting 9/11 into the middle was a poor choice.
    "jump into my arms"......capitalizing on tragedy.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Awed for Days

    This compelling and exquisitely wrought novel ­from a National Book Award and Pen-Faulkner Award finalist ­ at once luminous and discreet is Hugh Nissenson¹s masterpiece. At 67, Artie Rubin, author of illustrated books of mythology, finds his world shaken to its foundation. With breathtaking insight into the human condition and a delightful dry sense of humor, Nissenson finds the symbols, the language, and the wisdom to shed light on seemingly unfathomable aspects of all our lives. Even as it questions the meaning and purpose of life, The Days of Awe resonates on many levels, offering a story of heartbreak and hope, portraying the soul¹s endurance and confirming the fidelity of love, all while laying bare the myths of post-millennial America. An amazing read- I HIGHLY recommend it.

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