Salman Rushdie - The Golden House (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Tickets: $32 (includes signed book)

When the aristocratic Golden family moves into a self contained pocket of New York City, a park in Greenwich Village called “The Gardens,” their past is an absolute mystery. They seem to be hiding in plain sight: Nero Golden, the powerful but shady patriarch, and his sons Petya, a high functioning autistic and recluse; Apu, the successful artist who may or may not be profound; and D, the enchanting youngest son whose gender confusion mirrors the confusion - and possibilities - of the world around him. And finally there is Vasilisa, the Russian beauty who seduces the patriarch to shape their American stories.

Our fearless narrator is an aspiring filmmaker who decides the Golden family will be his subject. He gains the trust of this strange family, even as their secrets gradually unfold - love affairs and betrayals, questions of belonging and identity, a murder, an apocalyptic terror attack, a magical, stolen baby, all set against a whirling background in which an insane Presidential Candidate known as only The Joker grows stronger and stronger, and America itself grows mad. And yet The Golden House is a hopeful story, even an inspiring one - a story about the hope that surrounds, and is made brighter by, even the darkest of situations.

Overflowing with inventiveness, humor, and a touch of magic, this is a full-throated celebration of human nature, a great American novel, a tale of exile wrapped in a murder mystery, a meditation on the nature of good and evil, a thrilling page turner, and a coming of age story for the ages.

Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven previous novels—Luka and the Fire of Life, 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, and Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights. He has written one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, Step Across This Line, and his memoir, Joseph Anton. He has also coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008, and is a former president of American PEN.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
The Golden House Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780399592805
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

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