Beneath the Neon Egg: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 5, 2014 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Beneath the Neon Egg is a novel of jazz, violence, sex, death, love, and the underbelly of life, set in the low light of a Copenhagen winter. It is the story of Patrick Bluett, a forty-three-year-old Irish­-American in Denmark, divorced and navigating his relationship with his college-age children, searching for life in a new country. It is also the story of his neighbor, a man in a similar circumstance who becomes his friend—and becomes entangled with a Russian prostitute.

The novel borrows its four-part structure from John Coltrane’s majestic jazz symphony A Love Supreme, which Patrick Bluett listens to as he gazes out the window at the frozen streets of his adopted city, unaware of events in the apartment across the hall, and unaware of the consequences his friend will meet—or will, perhaps, escape.

The final novel of Thomas E. Kennedy’s acclaimed Copenhagen Quartet—four independent novels about the seasons and souls of Copenhagen—Beneath the Neon Egg cements Kennedy’s reputation as a literary revelation.

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User Review  - Jon Rybka-Wachhaus - Goodreads

This was a win from GoodReads. I have to say I was not sure what to expect. That being said, I did like it. It was very depressing at times and the writing is very moody. Part of me really wants to go ... Read full review

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User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

Full disclosure: I was chosen a First Reads winner, and received a paperback ARC of Beneath the Neon Egg in the mail. This is the fourth novel in Thomas E. Kennedy's The Copenhagen Quartet. The other ... Read full review


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Thomas E. Kennedy's many books include novels, story and essay collections, literary criticism, translations, and anthologies. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Beneath the Neon Egg is the final book in his Copenhagen Quartet, following In the Company of Angels, Falling Sideways, and Kerrigan in Copenhagen. Born and raised in New York, he lives in Copenhagen with his two children.
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