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A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture--a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king--a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens' world is their neighbor Rene, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie's triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention--a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. Praise for Salman Rushdie "A glittering novelist--one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling."--The New Yorker "[A] writer of courage, impressive strength . . . and sheer stylistic brilliance."--The Washington Post Book World "Swift in Gulliver's Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy . . . [Rushdie] is very much a latter-day member of their company."--The New York Times Book Review "One of the major literary voices of our time."--San Francisco Chronicle "Rushdie's synthesizing energy, the way he brings together ancient myth and old story, contemporary incident and archetypal emotion, transfigures reason into a waking dream."--Los Angeles Times "The most original imagination writing today."--Nadine Gordimer "Rushdie is our Scheherazade."--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian "Everywhere he takes us there is both love and war, in strange and terrifying combinations, painted in swaying, swirling, world-eating prose that annihilates the borders between East and West, love and hate, our private lives and the history we make."--Time
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About the Author

Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve previous novels--Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and The Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction--Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line--and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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"[A] modern masterpiece . . . telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author's head."--Associated Press "Wildly satiric and yet piercingly real . . . If F. Scott Fitzgerald, Homer, Euripides, and Shakespeare collaborated on a contemporary fall-of-an-empire epic set in New York City, the result would be The Golden House."--Poets & Writers "A tonic addition to American--no, world!--literature . . . a Greek tragedy with Indian roots and New York coordinates."--San Francisco Chronicle "A recognizably Rushdie novel in its playfulness, its verbal jousting, its audacious bravado, its unapologetic erudition, and its sheer, dazzling brilliance."--The Boston Globe "A joy to read . . . clever, intimidating, jocund, and electrifying."--Chicago Review of Books "The Golden House . . . ranks among Rushdie's most ambitious and provocative books [and] displays the quicksilver wit and playful storytelling of Rushdie's best work."--USA Today "From Nero to Obama, via The Godfather . . . The veteran novelist blends ancient history and myth with popular culture, crime caper and film techniques to fashion a morality tale for today."--The Guardian "Vivid and appealing."--The Week "A tale of identity, reinvention, truth (and lies), and terror, The Golden House captures the climate of American politics and culture from the Obama era to today."--BuzzFeed "The Golden House is a brilliant examination of the times we are living in today. A must read!"--PopSugar "Rushdie writes with a Dickensian exuberance, always full of humor as well as striking scornful, tragic notes."--The London Evening Standard "Intelligent and darkly funny . . . with a raw political edge."--The Times (UK) "Powerful. . . . The great strength of The Golden House is Rushdie's ability to balance the fairy tale tone of the story with gritty realities."--The Toronto Star "Ambitious and rewarding."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A novel grounded in historical fact yet rife with Rushdie's signature imaginative prowess."--Library Journal (starred review) "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos-es timeless questions about the human condition."--Booklist (starred review) "A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "[A] modern masterpiece . . . Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author's head. The Golden House is one of those books. . . . [It] tackles more than a handful of universal truths while feeling wholly original."--The Associated Press "The Golden House . . . ranks among Rushdie's most ambitious and provocative books [and] displays the quicksilver wit and playful storytelling of Rushdie's best work."--USA Today "[The Golden House] is a recognizably Rushdie novel in its playfulness, its verbal jousting, its audacious bravado, its unapologetic erudition, and its sheer, dazzling brilliance."--The Boston Globe "Rushdie's prose is beyond much reprieve--there are few contemporary artists who come to mind that possess his ability to craft sentences. In this regard, The Golden House, his latest novel, is no exception. . . . The Golden House is a joy to read. . . . It's hard to not have fun reading writing at Rushdie's level of craftsmanship. It's clever, intimidating, jocund, and electrifying."--The Chicago Review of Books "My favorite Rushdie novel in years . . . If F. Scott Fitzgerald, Homer, Eurip-ides, and Shakespeare collaborated on a contemporary fall-of-an-empire epic set in New York City, the result would be The Golden House. . . . Wildly satiric and yet piercingly real."--Poets & Writers "From Nero to Obama, via The Godfather . . . The veteran novelist blends ancient history and myth with popular culture, crime caper and film techniques to fashion a morality tale for today."--The Guardian "The Golden House is a dirge for the American dream. It is a Greek tragedy with Indian roots and New York coordinates. . . . [Salman] Rushdie's latest novel is a tonic addition to American--no, world!--literature."--San Francisco Chronicle "Vivid and appealing."--The Week "A tale of identity, reinvention, truth (and lies), and terror, The Golden House captures the climate of American politics and culture from the Obama era to today."--BuzzFeed "The Golden House is a brilliant examination of the times we are living in today. A must read!"--PopSugar "Rushdie writes with a Dickensian exuberance, always full of humor as well as striking scornful, tragic notes. Often he plays the role of satirist. His caricatures and outsize figures are full of life, wickedness and human energy: again, as in Dickens, grounded in a precise social and political scene . . . laced with resonant contemporary echoes."--The London Evening Standard "Intelligent and darkly funny . . . with a raw political edge."--The Times (UK) "Powerful. . . . The great strength of The Golden House is Rushdie's ability to balance the fairy tale tone of the story with gritty realities. . . . Mystery, tragedy, family drama, coming-of-age story, romance, myth, satire, and on, and on--in its glorious excess, The Golden House is a fairy tale for our time."--The Toronto Star "Ambitious and rewarding . . . Replete with allusions to literature, film, mythology and politics, the novel simultaneously channels the calamities of Greek drama and the information overload of the internet. The result is a distinctively rich epic of the immigrant experience in modern America, where no amount of money or self-abnegation can truly free a family from the sins of the past."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Must one's past always inform the present? Can a man avoid karma? Is the United States still a haven for reinventing oneself? [The Golden House] poses these and other conundrums in a novel grounded in historical fact yet rife with Rushdie's signature imaginative prowess. . . . Expanding upon the interpretation of the personal as political, Rushdie should garner even more readers with this cautionary tale of the long reach of terrorism and the demise of the American ideal."--Library Journal (starred review) "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos-es timeless questions about the human condition. Can a person be both good and evil? Is family destiny? Does the past always catch up to us? In a time of polarizing extremes, can we find common ground? Will despots and their supporters be forever with us? Will humankind ever learn? Can story and art enlighten us? As [Salman] Rushdie's blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love."--Booklist (starred review) "Where Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie's latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author's head. The Golden House is one of those books. . . . [It] tackles more than a handful of universal truths while feeling wholly original."--The Associated Press "The Golden House . . . ranks among Rushdie's most ambitious and provocative books [and] displays the quicksilver wit and playful storytelling of Rushdie's best work."--USA Today "[The Golden House] is a recognizably Rushdie novel in its playfulness, its verbal jousting, its audacious bravado, its unapologetic erudition, and its sheer, dazzling brilliance."--The Boston Globe "Rushdie's prose is beyond much reprieve--there are few contemporary artists who come to mind that possess his ability to craft sentences. In this regard, The Golden House, his latest novel, is no exception. . . . The Golden House is a joy to read. . . . It's hard to not have fun reading writing at Rushdie's level of craftsmanship. It's clever, intimidating, jocund, and electrifying."--The Chicago Review of Books "My favorite Rushdie novel in years . . . If F. Scott Fitzgerald, Homer, Eurip-ides, and Shakespeare collaborated on a contemporary fall-of-an-empire epic set in New York City, the result would be The Golden House. . . . Wildly satiric and yet piercingly real."--Poets & Writers "From Nero to Obama, via The Godfather . . . The veteran novelist blends ancient history and myth with popular culture, crime caper and film techniques to fashion a morality tale for today."--The Guardian "A tale of identity, reinvention, truth (and lies), and terror, The Golden House captures the climate of American politics and culture from the Obama era to today."--BuzzFeed "The Golden House is a brilliant examination of the times we are living in today. A must read!"--PopSugar "Rushdie writes with a Dickensian exuberance, always full of humor as well as striking scornful, tragic notes. Often he plays the role of satirist. His caricatures and outsize figures are full of life, wickedness and human energy: again, as in Dickens, grounded in a precise social and political scene . . . laced with resonant contemporary echoes."--The London Evening Standard "Intelligent and darkly funny . . . with a raw political edge."--The Times (UK) "Ambitious and rewarding . . . Replete with allusions to literature, film, mythology and politics, the novel simultaneously channels the calamities of Greek drama and the information overload of the internet. The result is a distinctively rich epic of the immigrant experience in modern America, where no amount of money or self-abnegation can truly free a family from the sins of the past."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos-es timeless questions about the human condition. Can a person be both good and evil? Is family destiny? Does the past always catch up to us? In a time of polarizing extremes, can we find common ground? Will despots and their supporters be forever with us? Will humankind ever learn? Can story and art enlighten us? As [Salman] Rushdie's blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love."--Booklist (starred review) "Where Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie's latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Ambitious and rewarding . . . Replete with allusions to literature, film, mythology and politics, the novel simultaneously channels the calamities of Greek drama and the information overload of the internet. The result is a distinctively rich epic of the immigrant experience in modern America, where no amount of money or self-abnegation can truly free a family from the sins of the past."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos-es timeless questions about the human condition. Can a person be both good and evil? Is family destiny? Does the past always catch up to us? In a time of polarizing extremes, can we find common ground? Will despots and their supporters be forever with us? Will humankind ever learn? Can story and art enlighten us? As [Salman] Rushdie's blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love."--Booklist (starred review) "Where Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie's latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos-es timeless questions about the human condition. Can a person be both good and evil? Is family destiny? Does the past always catch up to us? In a time of polarizing extremes, can we find common ground? Will despots and their supporters be forever with us? Will humankind ever learn? Can story and art enlighten us? As [Salman] Rushdie's blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love."--Booklist (starred review) "Where Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie's latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Rushdie returns with a topical, razor-sharp portrait of life among the very rich. . . . Where Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie's latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for Salman Rushdie "A glittering novelist--one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling."--The New Yorker "[A] writer of courage, impressive strength . . . and sheer stylistic brilliance."--The Washington Post Book World "Swift in Gulliver's Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy . . . [Rushdie] is very much a latter-day member of their company."--The New York Times Book Review "One of the major literary voices of our time."--San Francisco Chronicle "Rushdie's synthesizing energy, the way he brings together ancient myth and old story, contemporary incident and archetypal emotion, transfigures reason into a waking dream."--Los Angeles Times "The most original imagination writing today."--Nadine Gordimer "Rushdie is our Scheherazade."--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian "Everywhere he takes us there is both love and war, in strange and terrifying combinations, painted in swaying, swirling, world-eating prose that annihilates the borders between East and West, love and hate, our private lives and the history we make."--Time Praise for Salman Rushdie "A glittering novelist--one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling."--The New Yorker "[A] writer of courage, impressive strength . . . and sheer stylistic brilliance."--The Washington Post Book World "Swift in Gulliver's Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy . . . [Rushdie] is very much a latter-day member of their company."--The New York Times Book Review "One of the major literary voices of our time."--San Francisco Chronicle "Rushdie's synthesizing energy, the way he brings together ancient myth and old story, contemporary incident and archetypal emotion, transfigures reason into a waking dream."--Los Angeles Times "The most original imagination writing today."--Nadine Gordimer "Rushdie is our Scheherazade."--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian "Everywhere he takes us there is both love and war, in strange and terrifying combinations, painted in swaying, swirling, world-eating prose that annihilates the borders between East and West, love and hate, our private lives and the history we make."--Time Praise for Salman Rushdie -A glittering novelist--one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.---The New Yorker -[A] writer of courage, impressive strength . . . and sheer stylistic brilliance.---The Washington Post Book World -Swift in Gulliver's Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy . . . [Rushdie] is very much a latter-day member of their company.---The New York Times Book Review -One of the major literary voices of our time.---San Francisco Chronicle -Rushdie's synthesizing energy, the way he brings together ancient myth and old story, contemporary incident and archetypal emotion, transfigures reason into a waking dream.---Los Angeles Times -The most original imagination writing today.---Nadine Gordimer -Rushdie is our Scheherazade.---Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian -Everywhere he takes us there is both love and war, in strange and terrifying combinations, painted in swaying, swirling, world-eating prose that annihilates the borders between East and West, love and hate, our private lives and the history we make.---Time

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