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Dreamers

​‘arrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written… this book is stunningEmily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

~*~The eagerly awaited new novel from the author of The Age of Miracles~*~

Imagine a world where sleep could trap you, for days, for weeks, for months…

Karen Thompson Walker's second novel tells the mesmerising story of a town transformed by a mystery illness that locks people in perpetual sleep and triggers extraordinary, life-altering dreams.

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her room and falls asleep. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, 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.

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.

‘This beautiful and devastating novel has a dream-like quality of its own’Red

Lyrical and beguiling… a deeply immersive novel about a community in peril… and the choices we make when our lives, and those of our loved ones, are in danger’The Observer

‘A modern Midsummer Night’s Dream… Walker paints a haunting canvas exploring time, memory, consciousness, and youthMarisha Pessl, author of Night Film

Frighteningly powerful beautiful, and uncanny… a love story and also a horror story’aren Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove

‘This is a profound novel, and a deeply moving one…she takes a terrifying situation and reveals it as a thing of beautyRobin Black, author of Life Drawing

‘Lovely, lyrical and scary… a mesmerising read’Psychologies magazine

‘A thought-provoking and profound story’Cosmopolitan

‘A slow-building, philosophical and unique novel… at once a thought-provoking character study and a subtle science fiction tale’Culturefly

Praise for The Age of Miracles:
A beautifully observed coming-of-age tale… nimble, delicate and emotionally sophisticated’Observer
‘Hauntingly believable… an impressive and quietly terrifying book’Sunday Times
 stunner from the first page… I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do nextJustin Cronin
'What a remarkable, beautifully wrought novel' Curtis Sittenfeld

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Thompson Walker, Karen
Karen Thompson Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. A former book editor, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work. Born and raised in San Diego, California, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4711-7357-8
Verlag Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Maße (L/B/H) 23,1/15,1/2,5 cm
Gewicht 424 g
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Karen Thompson Walker - The Dreamers
von Miss.mesmerized am 24.01.2019
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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

"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.