Train Dreams

By Denis Johnson
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374281144, 116pp.)

Publication Date: August 30, 2011

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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 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.
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