Sleepwalk (Hardback)Dan Chaon (author)
'A thrilling and often hilarious road trip across America in the very near future, told by a winning and murderous narrator' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
Sleepwalk's hero, Will Bear, is a man with so many aliases that he simply thinks of himself as the Barely Blur. At fifty years old, he's been living off the grid for over half his life. A good-natured henchman with a complicated and lonely past and a passion for LSD microdosing, he spends his time hopscotching across state lines in his beloved camper van, running sometimes shady often dangerous errands for a powerful and ruthless operation he's never troubled himself to learn too much about.
Out of the blue, one of Will's many burner phones heralds a call from a twenty-year-old woman claiming to be his biological daughter. She says she's the product of one of his long-ago sperm donations; he's half certain she's AI. She needs his help. She's entrenched in a widespread and nefarious plot involving Will's employers, and for Will to continue to have any contact with her increasingly fuzzes the line between the people he is working for and the people he's running from.
With his signature blend of haunting emotional realism and fast-paced intrigue, Dan Chaon populates his fractured America with characters who ring all too true. Sleepwalk examines where we've been and where we're going and the connections that bind us, no matter how far we travel to dodge them or how cleverly we hide.
'Dan Chaon has given us one of the most intriguing, original, and fully-realized characters in recent memory; that he's the center of an absolute page-turner is the icing on the cake. Sleepwalk is riveting, propulsive, chilling, and (no shocker) pure genius' Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 32 mm
What prevails above the plot is the voice, which is consistently winning and - odd for so bloody a tale - unfailingly warm. It's a comic departure from the straightforward darkness of recent Chaon, and a welcome change. That's no knock on his earlier books, just an acknowledgement that humane black comedy is a good look on him. He does madcap well and likes his characters, even the killers. Sure, there's a crap world out there, and if Chaon's fever dream is actually a forecast, it's going to get a whole lot crappier. In that case, we'd all do well to affect a bit of Will Bear's hopeful good cheer - New York Times Book Review
To say this is one of the best novels I've read in years is almost not enough. Dan Chaon's Sleepwalk is a thrilling and often hilarious road trip across America in the very near future, told by a winning and murderous narrator... It's a beautiful, unsettling, and thoughtful novel - told by one of America's great storytellers - Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
Sleepwalk is a deeply satisfying thriller... a frightening indictment of corporate power and the surveillance state, as well as a tender story about the depth of parental love. What an absolute marvel - Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind
Sleepwalk is an addictive dystopian picaresque, by turns darkly funny, deeply harrowing, and surprisingly poignant. Dan Chaon's vision of our future will give you chills of dread and recognition - Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers
How to describe this excellent novel? Slapstick of the sinister might capture something of its peculiar, bighearted and epic scope, but Dan Chaon's books are always hard to sum up. Anyway, I loved it - Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
Dan Chaon has given us one of the most intriguing, original, and fully-realized characters in recent memory; that he's the center of an absolute page-turner is the icing on the cake. Sleepwalk is riveting, propulsive, chilling, and (no shocker) pure genius - Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers
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