How High We Go in the Dark: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)
  • How High We Go in the Dark: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)
  • How High We Go in the Dark: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)
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How High We Go in the Dark: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)

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A prescient warning of an all-too-plausible future and a spellbinding mosaic of characters who stand as a testament to human inventiveness in the face of catastrophe, Nagamatsu’s ambitious, haunting debut announces the arrival of an astonishing new voice in science fiction.

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Dr. Cliff Miyashiro arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue his recently deceased daughter's research, only to discover a virus, newly unearthed from melting permafrost. The plague unleashed reshapes life on earth for generations. Yet even while struggling to counter this destructive force, humanity stubbornly persists in myriad moving and ever inventive ways.

Among those adjusting to this new normal are an aspiring comedian, employed by a theme park designed for terminally ill children, who falls in love with a mother trying desperately to keep her son alive; a scientist who, having failed to save his own son from the plague, gets a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects-a pig-develops human speech; a man who, after recovering from his own coma, plans a block party for his neighbours who have also woken up to find that they alone have survived their families; and a widowed painter and her teenaged granddaughter who must set off on cosmic quest to locate a new home planet.

From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead, How High We Go in the Dark follows a cast of intricately linked characters spanning hundreds of years as humanity endeavours to restore the delicate balance of the world. This is a story of unshakable hope that crosses literary lines to give us a world rebuilding itself through an endless capacity for love, resilience and reinvention. Wonderful and disquieting, dreamlike and all too possible.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526653864
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Haunting and luminous, How High We Go in the Dark orchestrates its multitude of memorable voices into beautiful and lucid Science Fiction that resembles a fitful future memory of our present. An astonishing debut' - Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta

'A powerfully moving and thought provoking read. At times sublime, strange and deeply human' - Adrian Tchaikovsky, bestselling and award-winning author of the Children of Time series

'As ambitious as it is intimate, How High We Go in the Dark is both a prescient warning and a promise of human resilience in the face of any odds. Sequoia Nagamatsu masterfully connects each slice of life into one epic and unforgettable tale, spanning centuries and generations. His debut envisions a future that is at once wonderful and disquieting, dreamlike and all too possible. It reaches far beyond our stars while its heart remains rooted to Earth, and reminds us that our wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of our world' - Samantha Shannon

'A novel that is both grimly timely while also moving past our usual notions of time to reveal a wider view - Sequoia Nagamatsu allows his story to unspool with such a great sense of scope, freedom, and clarity, creating a stunning mosaic of experience and humanness' - Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

'Sequoia Nagamatsu's How High We Go in the Dark is a sprawling, epic debut that ventures from the Arctic to interstellar space, from life to what may come after it. With precision and harrowing prescience, Nagamatsu envisions the effects - both cultural and planetary - of a mysterious, devastating pandemic; but he explores, too, the astonishing commitment, resilience, and capacity for resilience that enables life - human and otherwise - to reach for survival. Sequoia Nagamatsu is a writer whose imagination is matched only by his compassion, the kind we need to light our way through the dark' - Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists

'How High We Go in the Dark is wondrous not just in the feats of imagination, which are so numerous that it makes me dizzy to recall them, but also in the humanity and tenderness with which Sequoia Nagamatsu helps us navigate this landscape, to find a way to survive while holding onto the things that make us human. This is a truly amazing book, one to keep close as we imagine the uncertain future' - Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here

'One of the best novels I've read recently... Reimagines this world and the next to come' - Alexander Chee

'With How High We Go in the Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu has done the impossible: written a book expansive enough to tackle the enormity of our climate crisis - and then gone further, to capture our even larger capacity for creation. It is clear from this book that Nagamatsu possesses one of literature's most vibrant and generous imaginations. You will fall in love with these characters and, in so doing, remember your love for the world. How High We Go in the Dark rejects the idea of the novel as the story of an individual and bravely takes on the collective nature both of global warming and of how we can face it' - Matthew Salesses, author of The Hundred Year Flood

'Gorgeous, terrifying, compassionate. With funerary skyscrapers, a generation ship painted with history, and a pyramid of souls reaching for light, How High We Go in the Dark is both powerful and original. Nagamastu elegantly dissects disaster with an eye toward empathy and curiosity. At this book's center is a great big beautiful heart. An exceptional accomplishment that left me equal parts hope and wonder' - Erika Swyler, author of Light From Other Stars

'A book of incredible scope and ambition, a polyphonic elegy for the possible, for all that might be won and lost in the many worlds we make together: the world of our families, our civilization and our planet, the planets beyond. Sequoia Nagamatsu's debut generates fresh wonder at all we are, plus hope for all we might become, in these unforgettable futures yet to be' - Matt Bell, author of Appleseed

'Like an ice core carved from the frozen depths of an ancient sea, this is a novel that captures the drama across eons, containing the glittering secrets of some future history. An astonishing vision of the end of the Anthropocene' - Matthew Baker, author of Why Visit America

Waterstones Debut Book Prize Reading Group

Waterstones Debut Book Prize Reading Group

Bury St Edmunds - Butter Market
Thursday 29th September 15:00

Waterstones Debut Book Prize Reading Group Meeting in our Cafe 3pm, 29th September. To celebrate the inaugural Waterstones Debut Book Prize, we will be reading the winner of the prize. The prize winner is announced on 25th August, giving you lots of time to read the book, and maybe some of the shortlist for comparison. All Welcome

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“One of the best books of the year”

I found it equally fascinating and terrifying. Personally, I am not a big fan of multiple narrators (more than two), but with How High We Go in the Dark I found myself immersed in the story so much I didn’t care.... More

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“An excellent and timely part speculative fiction/part science fiction/part future dystopian novel, written in the form of a series of separate but interlinked stories”

This is Sequoia Nagamatsu’s debut novel and I think will be a much talked about novel in 2022.

Ostensibly it is a part speculative fiction/part science fiction/part future dystopian novel, written in the form of a... More

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“An experience with every emotion and more”

This is a series of short narratives which have a thread woven throughout and spread across different locations and time. Each story was rich in emotion and gave snapshots at relationships through a pandemic which as... More

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