The Days of Awe

The Days of Awe

by Hugh Nissenson
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The Days of Awe by Hugh Nissenson

Washington Post Best Books of 2005.

Philadelphia Inquirer Top 10 Fiction Pick, Fall 2005

At age 67, Artie Rubin finds his world shaken to its foundation by events he cannot control. His tale his both universal and unique; it is the story of the end of things and their beginnings, of friends and family, of connections lost and of the endurance of love. The Days of Awe is a breathtaking call to living.

"[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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402207563
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.89(d)

About 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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Days of Awe 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
antoniafrank More than 1 year ago
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. YUK!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.