What drove brilliant novelist Ben Sachs to become a domestic terrorist? Told from the perspective of his closest friend and fellow writer, Peter Aaron, Sach's campaign to blow up replicas of the Statue of Liberty throughout small town America is revealed. Beginning with Sachs' own explosive death in rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds revealing the inner conflicts of a successful man obsessed with failure.
Best part of story, including ending:
Auster uses rich allusions to craft engaging portraits of artists that speak to readers and writers alike.
Best scene in story:
The scene in the Vermont forest where Sachs kills his lover's ex-husband, This is the linchpin tying together the story's multi-layered plot.