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The fates of a cast of seemingly unconnected people converge during the celebration of an ancient holiday in a thought-provoking debut that brings to mind such novels as Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles. In Domenica Ruta's profoundly original novel, the end of the world comes once a year. Every May 28th, humanity gathers to anticipate the planet's demise-and to celebrate as if the day is truly its last. On this holiday, three intersecting sets of characters embark on a possibly last-chance quest for redemption. In Boston, bookish wunderkind Sarah is looking for love and maybe a cosmic…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The fates of a cast of seemingly unconnected people converge during the celebration of an ancient holiday in a thought-provoking debut that brings to mind such novels as Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles. In Domenica Ruta's profoundly original novel, the end of the world comes once a year. Every May 28th, humanity gathers to anticipate the planet's demise-and to celebrate as if the day is truly its last. On this holiday, three intersecting sets of characters embark on a possibly last-chance quest for redemption. In Boston, bookish wunderkind Sarah is looking for love and maybe a cosmic reversal from the much older Kurt, a tattoo artist she met at last year's Last Day BBQ-but he's still trying to make amends to the family he destroyed long ago. Dysfunctional Karen keeps getting into trouble, especially when the voices she's been hearing coax her to abandon everything to search for her long-lost adoptive brother; her friend Rosette has left the Jehovah's Witnesses to follow a new pastor at the Last Kingdom on Earth, where she brings Karen on this fateful day. Meanwhile, above them all, three astronauts on the International Space Station, Bear, an American; Russian Svec; and billionaire Japanese space tourist Yui, contemplate their lives as well as their precious Earth from afar. With sparkling wit, verbal ingenuity, and wild imagination, Ruta has created an alternate world in which an ancient holiday brings into stark reflection our deepest dreams, desires, hopes, and fears. In this tour de force debut novel she has written a dazzling, haunting love letter to humanity and to our planet. Advance praise for Last Day "In this woven novel, we humans are love, are destruction, are wish and want. Domenica Ruta has created a portrait of humanity in a moment that is both the end and the beginning, and this novel is urgent and true and filled with such beauty."-Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One Is Here Except All of Us "Domenica Ruta's empathy is broad and deep, her prose fine-grained, her humor sharp but tender. Last Day is a life-affirming antidote to these pre-apocalyptic times."-Teddy Wayne, author of Loner
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Random House USA Inc
  • International ed
  • Seitenzahl: 258
  • Erscheinungstermin: 28. Mai 2019
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 233mm x 154mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 322g
  • ISBN-13: 9781984855879
  • ISBN-10: 1984855875
  • Artikelnr.: 55307717
Autorenporträt
Domenica Ruta is the author of the celebrated New York Times bestselling memoir With or Without You, a darkly hilarious mother-daughter story and chronicle of a misfit nineties youth. A graduate of Oberlin College, Ruta holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, and Hedgebrook. Her short fiction has appeared in the Boston Review, the Indiana Review, and Epoch. She lives in New York City.