This past month, Paul Auster was awarded the Naples Prize, or Premio Napoli, by the Royal Palace in Naples, Italy for his 2010 New York Times bestselling novel, Sunset Park. To see a video of Auster accepting the award, click here.
Sunset Park tells the story of 28-year-old Miles, who worked in Florida cleaning out foreclosed homes before heading back to his hometown of Brooklyn when things go sour with the teenage girlfriend he leaves behind. In the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, he squats with former friends and starving artists, and gets back in touch with his estranged father, exploring the idea of reconnecting to the world he previously abandoned. The novel poignantly highlights the complexities of the housing bubble, the emotional constraints of the financial crisis, and one person’s story as he struggles through this timelessly American moment.