The eagerly awaited new novel from the author of The Age of Miracles
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 and falls asleep. 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.
About Karen Thompson Walker
Karen Thompson Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. A former book editor, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work. Born and raised in San Diego, California, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written… this book is stunning. Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
A modern Midsummer Night’s Dream… Walker paints a haunting canvas exploring time, memory, consciousness, and youth. Marisha Pessl, author of Night Film
Frighteningly powerful, beautiful, and uncanny… a love story and also a horror story. Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove
What a book… This is a profound novel, and a deeply moving one… she takes a terrifying situation and reveals it as a thing of beauty. Robin Black, author of Life Drawing
Lovely, lyrical and scary… a mesmerising read. Psychologies magazine