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'The Dreamers is harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written. In a word, 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, months... A world where you could, even, die of sleep rather than in your sleep.

Karen Thompson Walker's second novel is stunning, the story of a Californian town's epidemic of perpetual sleep.

Praise for The Dreamers:
‘A modern Midsummer Night’s Dream . . . In this wonderful novel, Walker paints a haunting canvas exploring time, memory, consciousness, and youthMarisha Pessl, author of Night Film

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: And Other Stories

‘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

Praise for The Age of Miracles:
‘A beautifully observed coming-of-age tale in the great American tradition ... nimble, delicate and emotionally sophisticated’ Observer

Hauntingly believable ... an impressive and quietly terrifying book’ Sunday Times

'Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is a stunner from the first page - an end-of-the-world, coming-of-age tale of quiet majesty. I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next' Justin Cronin, author of The Passage

'What a remarkable, beautifully wrought novel' Curtis Sittenfeld

'Brought to mind Alice Sebbold's The Lovely Bones' The Times

Karen Thompson Walker

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. 

  • Publisher: Scribner UK (February 1, 2019)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471173561

‘Harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written… this book is stunning’ Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

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

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

‘A thought-provoking and profound story’ Cosmopolitan

‘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 youth’ Marisha Pessl, author of Night Film

‘Frighteningly powerful, beautiful, and uncanny… a love story and also a horror story’ Karen 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 beauty’ Robin Black, author of Life Drawing

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

'Powerful and moving... written with symphonic sweep' New York Times Book Review

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

'Powerful, thoughtful and entirely original' PopSugar

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