With 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster has written a massive, heartbreaking novel of birthright and possibility, of love and life itself. Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, 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 entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, yet with a passion for realism and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to history that readers have never seen from Auster before.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for BPL and CBE members. All tickets may be used for a discount on (1) copy of 4 3 2 1 the night of the program. Book bundles come with free admission.Purchase tickets here.
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