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Luminous Airplanes

Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/29/2011

Luminous Airplanes

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611746662
Digital Download ISBN:9781611746679


A decade after the publication of Haussmann, or the Distinction, his acclaimed novel about nineteenth-century Paris, Paul La Farge turns his imagination to America at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

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Product Description

In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a desert festival to learn that his grandfather has died and that he has to return to Thebes—a town which is so isolated that its inhabitants have their own language—in order to clean out the house where his family lived for five generations. While he’s there, he runs into Yesim, a Turkish American woman whom he loved as a child, and begins a romance in which past and present are dangerously confused. At the same time, he remembers San Francisco in the wild years of the internet boom, and mourns the loss of Swan, a madman who may have been the only person to understand what was happening to the city, and to the world.

La Farge’s ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world.


“Engaging, drawing listeners into a life story . . . with a compelling intensity that helps put the threads of the story in place. All these elements keep listeners on edge as the romance heads toward its inevitable conclusion.”

“An open-ended, postmodern fable.”
      —Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

“La Farge spins his tale with the grace of an acrobat.”
      —Publishers Weekly [starred review]

“La Farge’s prose is truly luminous, and his skill at portraying the restless ennui that marked the end of the 1990s in America is enviable.”

Author Bio

PAUL LA FARGE is the author of two novels: The Artist of the Missing and Haussmann, or the Distinction; and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Harper’s Magazine, Fence, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. His nonfiction appears in The Believer, Bookforum, Playboy, and Cabinet. He lives in upstate New York.