Number of Pages: 298
Genre: Literary fiction
This novel by American novelist Paul Auster opens in 1969 and follows recent graduate Marco Stanley Fogg in a quest for family and identity which takes him from New York City to the desolate beauty of American West. Along the way he encounters various characters who all have their stories to tell.
The book deals with familiar Paul Auster themes such as the relationship between life and art, the role that chance plays in life and unreliable narrators. It's a novel about exploration in both the literal, external sense of going out into the world, but also in the internal, spiritual sense. It's a coming of age story spanning three generations, and ultimately it's a story of America itself. It is beautifully written and full of memorable characters.