Set against a backdrop of 1980s New York City, when crime-rates were high and rents were low, and the obscure and counterintuitive straight edge punk rock scene; Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel Ten Thousand Saints, is a vivid depiction of the passion of youth and the complexities of life and situation that can turn us humans on a dime and send our futures spinning in a new directions. I was drawn to this book by the music. Being a long time, punk rock icon, Ian Mackaye fan; I was always intrigued by the straight edge scene that zealously renounced drugs, drinking, sex, meat, ect., yet slam danced itself to a pulp to the most assaultive music available. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover in Ten Thousand Saints a novel with unforgettable characters, all of whom are realistically imperfect, flawed, and troubled, but who are treated with such compassion and care by the author that you really cannot stop reading until you discover their fates. A great debut that will leave you waiting to see what Henderson produces next.
Ten Thousand Saints