Ten Thousand Saints - Eleanor Henderson

Ten Thousand Saints

By Eleanor Henderson

  • Release Date: 2011-06-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 270 Ratings


“Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill, ambition, and a fierce imagination.  The resulting novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is the best thing I’ve read in a long time.”
—Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder

A sweeping, multigenerational drama, set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City during the late 1980s, Ten Thousand Saints triumphantly heralds the arrival a remarkable new writer. Eleanor Henderson  makes a truly stunning debut with a novel that is part coming of age, part coming to terms, immediately joining the ranks of The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud and Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude. Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young—and old—are all major elements in this heart-aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture.


  • Ten Thousand Saints

    By Grangemont
    I couldn't put this book down! Highly recommend it!
  • Ten Thousand Saints

    By laurab960
    Great. Sad. Hard time putting it down, you get involved in the lives of the characters so easily.
  • Thoroughly Gripping Book

    By nahwalo
    It's bitter, sad, sweet, heartbreaking and at times depressing, and I could not put it down until I had read it all. The character creation is so real, you are sucked into their world. It is of a time and place that I have no connection to, but I have seen and read struggles which let me believe Teddy, Jude, Eliza, Johnny, and all the rest really did exist in that Vermont and NY of the 80's. The author is brilliant at recreating a time and place which become characters themselves. A superb read.
  • Fantastic

    By Tkeith1
    Being a student at Ithaca college (home to the author), I was required to read this book. This book is easily the best book I've ever read, and it has twists and turns that keep you reading and attached to the characters. If you enjoy any sort of reading, this is a must buy. You won't be sorry purchasing this book. I guarantee a great read.
  • Long winded predictable

    By Kjser
  • Great book

    By AGL1980
    I hesitated when I saw the first couple of reviews, but I'm glad I listened to my own instincts. This book is great and I will highly recommend it to everyone.
  • Waste

    By *W*~*A*
    Worthless. Predictable. Waste of money.
  • A juggernaut of descriptive power, honesty and tender nostalgia.

    By c.mcenearney
    Not to be missed!
  • Ten thousandssaints

    By Miss Lessie
    Don't bother reading this twisted waste of time.