Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
A Novella

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...in Train Dreams he stakes his claim as one of the key voices in contemporary American fiction.
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year
One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011

Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.

Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.

Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West—its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders—the new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

 

About Denis Johnson

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Denis Johnson is the author of six novels, three collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke was the 2007 winner of the National Book Award.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 125 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sean O'Hagan on Sep 15 2012

...in Train Dreams he stakes his claim as one of the key voices in contemporary American fiction.

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Reviewed by Alan Warner on Sep 13 2012

The denouement of Train Dreams is so tragic and surreal that the reader at first denies its grisly approach: yet when it comes, it is written with such credibility that it fulfils the book's theme...

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