Book of the Month
Harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
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, falls asleep and doesn’t wake up. 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.
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The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
'It is never what you worry over that comes to pass in the end.
The real catastrophies are always different - unimagined, unprepared for, unknown...' One morning, Julia and her parents wake up in their suburban home in California to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing.