Tree of Smoke

Tree of Smoke

By Denis Johnson

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427740, 702pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2008


"Tree of Smoke" is the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.
One of the "New York Times" 10 Best Books of the Year

Named a Best Book of the Year by "Time," "The Washington Post," "The Boston Globe," "Chicago"" Tribune," "San Francisco"" Chronicle," "Salon," "Slate," The National Book Critics Circle, "The Christian Science Monitor. . . ."
"Tree of Smoke "is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA--engaged in Pschological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In the words of Michiko Kakutani in "The New York Times," "Tree of Smoke" is "bound to become one of the classic works of literature produced by that tragic and uncannily familiar war.

About the Author
Denis Johnson is the author of The Name of the World, Already Dead, Jesus' Son, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, and Angels. His poetry has been collected in the volume The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award, among many other honors for his work. He lives in northern Idaho.

Praise For Tree of Smoke

"Denis Johnson is a true American artist, and Tree of Smoke is a tremendous book."--The New York Times Book Review

"The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnson's."--Jonathan Franzen "I can't be sure that there's been a better American novel published in the past ten years. It is a masterpiece."--The Miami Herald

"It will . . . get inside your head like the war it is describing--mystifying, horrifying, mesmerizing. [Johnson] has written a book that by the end wraps around you as tightly as a snake."--The Washington Post Book World

"Tree of Smoke is a masterpiece of language and depth."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Johnson has captured the zeitgeist of American experience as surely as Twain, Hemingway, or Ellison."--New York Post

"Opens a window onto a world of mystery, war, and intrigue whose importance in the (usually) unwritten history of our republic can't be denied."--Chicago Tribune "Johnson has written his War and Peace."--Harper's Magazine