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The Dreamers

A Novel

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE •An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep in this mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of The Age of Miracles.


“This book is stunning.”—Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven


 

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster.

Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

Written in luminous prose,
The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life—if only we are awakened to them.


Praise for The Dreamers


“Walker’s roving fictive eye by turns probes characters’ innermost feelings and zooms out to coolly parse topics like reality versus delusion. . . . [It has] the perfect ambiguous frame for a tense and layered plot.”
—O: The Oprah Magazine

“[Walker’s] gripping, provocative novel should come with a warning: may cause insomnia.”
—People (Book of the Week)

“Powerful and moving . . . written with symphonic sweep.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“2019’s first must-read novel . . . Alternately terrifying and moving . . . 
The Dreamers is overflowing with humanity.”
—Jezebel


The Dreamers is a startling, beautiful portrait of a community in peril. . . . This is an exquisite work of intimacy. Walker’s sentences are smooth, emotionally arresting—of a true, ethereal beauty. . . . This book achieves [a] dazzling, aching humanity.”
—Entertainment Weekly
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"The Dreamers is harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written. In a word, this book is stunning."-Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

"Walker's roving fictive eye by turns probes characters' innermost feelings and zooms out to coolly parse topics like reality versus delusion. . . . [It has] the perfect ambiguous frame for a tense and layered plot."-O: The Oprah Magazine

"[Walker's] gripping, provocative novel should come with a warning: may cause insomnia."-People (Book of the Week)

"2019's first must-read novel . . . Alternately terrifying and moving . . . The Dreamers is overflowing with humanity."-Jezebel

"The Dreamers is a startling, beautiful portrait of a community in peril. . . . This is an exquisite work of intimacy. Walker's sentences are smooth, emotionally arresting-of a true, ethereal beauty. . . . This book achieves [a] dazzling, aching humanity."-Entertainment Weekly

"Walker offers a novel bursting with ideas, probing the scary and tantalizing possibilities at the edges of our existence."-USA Today

"In The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker's second novel, dreams are . . . both more dangerous and more powerful than the Greeks could have ever imagined. . . . Walker uses evocative language to describe the almost bewitching nature of contagion."-The Washington Post

"Walker writes beautifully about the things that define how a society either endures or collapses in crisis, a theme that may never have been more timely than it is now."-Minneapolis StarTribune

"[An] imaginative, disturbing, and ultimately spellbinding narrative, which asks provocative questions about our concepts of time and connection, and the bounds of possibility for life on earth."-Vogue

"You'll be mesmerized by this well-constructed, vividly drawn exploration of the concept of dreams versus reality."-Marie Claire

"With mellifluous prose, Walker traces victims' experiences (awake and asleep), along with how their family members, friends, and doctors respond to the crisis."-Real Simple

"The Dreamers is a beautifully written novel that is powerful, thoughtful, and entirely original."-PopSugar

"Richly imaginative and quietly devastating . . . Walker jolts the narrative with surprising twists, ensuring it keeps its energy until the end. This is a skillful, complex, and thoroughly satisfying novel about a community in peril."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Within the spellbindingly measured narrative of the public health crisis are woven emotionally charged individual stories. . . . What is the nature of an epidemic? What is the nature of consciousness? What mix of loyalty and love binds individuals together? These are a few of the questions Walker raises in her provocative, hypnotic tale."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Frighteningly powerful, beautiful, and uncanny, The Dreamers is a love story and also a horror story-a symphonic achievement, alternating intimate moments with a panoramic capture of a crisis in progress."-Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove

"A modern Midsummer Night's Dream . . . In this wonderful novel, Walker paints a haunting canvas exploring time, memory, consciousness, and youth."-Marisha Pessl, author of Night Film

"What a book! I read The Dreamers in a dream of sorts myself, entirely transported into Karen Thompson Walker's world of mysterious tragedy and infinite, if unexpected, compassion. This is a profound novel, and a deeply moving one. How she takes a terrifying situation and reveals it as a thing of beauty, a lesson in the human spirit, is a mystery to me, but she does exactly that, and fortunate readers will celebrate this extraordinary book."-Robin Black, author of Life Drawing
Portrait
Karen Thompson Walker is the author of the
New York Times bestselling novel
The Age of Miracles, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages and named one of the best books of the year by
People,
O: The Oprah Magazine, and
Financial Times, among others. Born and raised in San Diego, Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. She lives with her husband, the novelist Casey Walker, and their two daughters in Portland. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 15.01.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-984801-48-7
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 23,6/15,6/3 cm
Gewicht 369 g
Verkaufsrang 13.582
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Karen Thompson Walker - The Dreamers
von Miss.mesmerized am 24.01.2019
Bewertet: Einband: gebundene Ausgabe

When the first student doesn’t wake up after a long party night, nobody is really scared, it’s just something that happens. But when more and more people in the small Southern Californian college town just fall sound asleep, fear starts to grow. What is happening in town? Is this... When the first student doesn’t wake up after a long party night, nobody is really scared, it’s just something that happens. But when more and more people in the small Southern Californian college town just fall sound asleep, fear starts to grow. What is happening in town? Is this an infection and what does the sleep do to the people? Students, professors, nurses, doctors, average people – they all can catch the mysterious virus which seems to cause wild dreams and a comatose state. Public life slowly comes to a standstill and the town is put under quarantine, it has become too dangerous to go there because nobody knows what kind of new biological threat they are dealing with. Who will win: the virus or the human race? Sometimes there are books that you suddenly see everywhere and everybody seems to talk about them. When I first came across “The Dreamers”, I was convinced that this was nothing for me, I prefer realistic stories and nothing too fancy and out of the ordinary. But the hype about it rose my curiosity and thus, I wanted to know what is behind it all. Well, to sum it up: a notable novel which is skilfully written and got me hooked immediately. What I appreciated especially were two things. First of all, the dramaturgy of the plot. The mysterious virus just infects students and then slowly spreads and the number of characters that we got to know is progressively affected and falls asleep. As the number of victims rises, the life in the small town is reduced more and more to a minimum. It is obvious that there must be some kind of final fight in which either side gains the upper hand and the other succumbs – yet, Karen Thompson Walker finds a different solution which I liked a lot since it perfectly mirrors life’s ambiguity. The second aspect was even more impressive. I fell for the author’s laconic style of writing. It is down to earth, concise and everything but playfully metaphorical. It reflects the characters’ mood of having to survive under the extreme circumstances: Just go on, do what is necessary, keep your head high and make yourself useful. That’s just how it is, so what? No need to fantasize about an alternative world, we just have this situation and need to cope with it. To sum it up: just like the sleep overcomes the characters, this novel could spellbind me.

Exceptional!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 24.01.2019
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

"But that's the thing about strangers: you don't get to hear their stories." In this beautifully written novel however, you do experience each character's unique and mesmerizing life story. "The Dreamers" is an extraordinary book, which will remain in your memory for quite some time after reading it.