The Dreamers by Karen Thompson WalkerThe Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

The Dreamers

byKaren Thompson Walker

Hardcover | January 15, 2019

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A strange illness induces sleep and heightens dreams in an isolated college town, transforming the lives of ordinary people, in this mesmerizing novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles.

A college girl tells her friends that she's feeling strangely tired. The next morning, when they find her in bed, she is still breathing--but she won't wake up.

Within a few days, another student, down the hallway, won't wake up.

As the sleeping sickness spreads, the town is turned upside down. We meet Ben and Annie, a young couple determined to keep their newborn baby safe; Sara and Libby, whose survivalist father has long prepared for disaster; Mei and Matthew, and other college students. A quarantine is established, the national guard is summoned. Yet, those who have fallen asleep are showing unusual patterns of brain activity. More than has ever been recorded in any brain--asleep or awake. They are dreaming--but of what?

With gorgeous prose and heart-stopping emotion, The Dreamers startles and provokes about the possibilities contained within a human life, when we are awake and, perhaps even more, when we are dreaming.
KAREN THOMPSON WALKER is the author of The Age of Miracles, which was named a best book of the year by People; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Financial Times; Kirkus Reviews; Publishers Weekly; Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She was born and raised in San Diego and is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. Walker lives in Portland wi...
Title:The DreamersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.54 × 6.41 × 1.14 inPublished:January 15, 2019Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385692447

ISBN - 13:9780385692441

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better I think the worst feeling to have about something is not having any strong feelings at all. Unfortunately, that's the case for The Dreamers. It's one of those books that doesn't really answer any questions and has a vague kinda ending, so I'm left here not knowing how to feel. I have no problem with open endings, but this story didn't have any gut-punch or something big happen. I didn't feel any linger effects after I finished the story. Which sucks, as the first half of the book gave me strong Station Eleven feelings: the sort of omnipresent narration, the chapters jumping from character to character, the weaving plot lines that slowly come together, even the mysterious illness that strikes out of nowhere. How it ended was going to be the defining factor for me, and sadly, it just didn't impact me like I hoped it would.
Date published: 2018-11-10

Editorial Reviews

"[A] richly imaginative and quietly devastating second novel. . . . 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"[A] science-fiction fairy tale. . . . 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"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"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 "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