These Dreams of You

These Dreams of You

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"Set against the backdrop of Obama's ascendancy to the presidency . . . A complex and imaginative literary tapestry about family and identity" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

At once immediate and epic, funny and devastating, this new novel by the author of Shadowbahn is a transcendent dispatch from the intersection of art and politics, passion and memory.
One November night in a canyon outside Los Angeles, Zan Nordhoc--a failed novelist turned pirate radio DJ--sits before the television with his small, adopted black daughter, watching the election of his country's first black president, Barack Obama. In the nova of this historic moment, with an economic recession threatening their home, Zan, his wife, and their son set out to solve the enigma of the little girl's life. When they find themselves scattered and strewn across two continents, a mysterious stranger with a secret appears, who sends the story spiraling forty years into the past.
Sweeping from 1960s London and '70s Berlin to twenty-first-century California, and the beginning-of-civilization Ethiopia, These Dreams of You chronicles not only a family struggling to salvage its bonds but a twelve-year-old boy readying himself for what the years to come hold.

"Truly electrifying. In its gorgeous, vivid prose and its acutely sensitive soul, These Dreams of You shows us just what a novel can still do in our own crazy times."--The Boston Globe

"Drama filled with exuberance."--The Washington Post

"The four Nordhocs who provide the messy, vibrant heart of These Dreams of You make up a representative tableau for the new millennium: the American family as mash-up."--The New York Times Book Review

Author: Steve Erickson
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: 01/31/2012
Pages: 309
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.30w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781609450632
Age Range: 18-UP

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/28/2011
Library Journal 01/01/2012 pg. 92
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2011 pg. 2271
New York Times Book Review 02/05/2012 pg. 17
New Yorker (The) 04/02/2012 pg. 75

About the Author
Steve Erickson is the author of eight previous novels including Zeroville and Our Ecstatic Days, as well as two nonfiction books about politics and popular culture that have been published in ten languages around the world. Currently he's the editor of the national literary journal Black Clock, which is published by the California Institute of the Arts where he teaches, and he is also a film critic at Los Angeles magazine, for which he's been nominated for the National Magazine Award. He has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.