These Dreams of You

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Penguin, Jan 31, 2012 - Fiction - 309 pages
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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 L.A., 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 21st 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.
 

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User Review  - blanderson - LibraryThing

Ugh. Another Erickson novel that begins brilliantly, moves fluidly, has that great page-turning suspense, and then falls apart in the end amid a slew of lame 'trippy coincidences' that we all saw ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In Erickson's (Zeroville, 2007, etc.) latest, the lives of Zan and Viv have imploded in the wake of their adoption of Sheba, an Ethiopian toddler "supernaturally cognizant beyond the span of such a ... Read full review

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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.

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