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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.

Meet the Author - Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker is the author of the widely acclaimed Sunday Times bestselling novel The Age of Miracles, which was published in 2012 and has been translated into twenty-seven languages.  A luminous, haunting and unforgettable debut about coming of age, set against a backdrop of an utterly altered world, it was named one of the best books of the year by PeopleO: The Oprah Magazine and Financial Times, among many others, and was selected for the 2013 Richard & Judy Book Club.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set, Karen studied English and Creative Writing at UCLA. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to attend the Columbia University MFA programme. A former editor at a publishing house, Karen wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work – sometimes while riding the subway.

She is the recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as the Bomb Magazine fiction prize. Karen lives with her husband, the novelist Casey Walker, and their two young daughters in Portland. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon. The Dreamers is her second novel.

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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.