4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster: “Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017”

Paul Auster’s greatest and satisfying novel: a surprising story of possibility, love and life itself

On March 3, 1947, in the Beth Israel Hospital, Archibald Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths.

Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills, sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman. But each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other.

Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.

As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written before. 4 3 2 1 is a marvelous and unforgettably affecting tour de force.