Denis Johnson’s protagonists, however, have never heard of an American dream, and are certainly not devoted to achieving it; their lives slip by a state of alcoholism and drug use and futures become brutally shapeless....
Denis Johnson is the author of nine novels, three collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a Whiting Writer’s Award, among many other honors for his work. His novella Train Dream was a New York Times Notable Book for 2011, one of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year, and one of NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011. He lives in Northern Idaho.
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[A] severely lovely tale...The visionary, miraculous element in Johnson’s deceptively tough realism makes beautiful appearances in this book [Train Dream]. —The New Yorker