Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400033652, 257pp.
Publication Date: February 12, 2008
In the not-too-distant future, no one trusts anyone and everyone is watching everybody else. America is obsessed with information and under siege from an insidious enemy: paranoia. National identify cards are mandatory, terrorism alerts are a daily event, and privacy is laid bare on the Internet. For a freelance journalist, her daughter, a bestselling author, and a struggling actor, these tumultuous times provide the backdrop as their lives become inextricably bound in a darkly humorous, frighteningly accurate story of life in an unstable world.
His books include 'Soft City' (1973), 'Arabia Through the Looking Glass' (1979), 'Old Glory' (1981, Heinemann Award, RSL Thomas Cook Award), 'Foreign Land' (1985), 'Coasting' (1986), 'For Love and Money' (1987), and 'Hunting Mister Heartbreak' (1990, Thomas Cook Award).
He has sailed alone round Britain and has spent much time afloat on the coastal seas of Europe. He is now living in Seattle, where he sails a Swedish ketch on the rim of the North Pacific.
“As atmospheric with vague menace as a Hitchcock thriller.” —Michael Dirda, New York Review of Books
“Scarily beautiful . . . . [Raban is] a gifted writer who explores the human condition with tenderness, empathy and rueful wit.”
—The Washington Post
“A timely disquisition on the fragility of truth and identity in the information age.” —Bloomberg News
“Raban is using fiction to explore the most important issues of our day and doing so at the highest artistic level.” —Oregonian
“Heart-thumping dread permeates this creepy, stunning book.” —Tucson Citizen
“Raban is a wonderful and cerebral stylist, a master of arresting syntactical inversions with an incisive view of our contemporary moment.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Mesmerizing. . . . Sharp and riveting. . . . A masterful job.” —Newsday