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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Erickson Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781504793698
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When the Twin Towers suddenly reappear in the badlands of South Dakota twenty years after their fall, nobody can explain their return. To the hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands drawn to the “American Stonehenge”—including Parker and Zema, siblings on their way from Los Angeles to visit their mother in Michigan—the Towers seem to sing, even as everybody hears a different song. A rumor overtakes the throng that someone can be seen in the high windows of the southern structure.

On the ninety-third floor, Jesse Presley—the stillborn twin of the most famous singer who ever lived—suddenly awakes, driven mad over the hours and days to come by a voice in his head that sounds like his but isn’t, and by the memory of a country where he survived in his brother’s place. Meanwhile, Parker and Zema cross a possessed landscape by a mysterious detour no one knows, charted on a map that no one has seen.

Haunting, audacious, and undaunted, Shadowbahn is a winding and reckless ride through intersections of danger, destiny, and the conjoined halves of a ruptured nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compassionate, weird, unpredictable, jaunty. It’s sad, and it’s droll and sometimes it’s gorgeous…a polyphonic dirge for an America that has perhaps never lived anywhere but in the imagination of those of us who keep fighting for it anyway…In 2017, it reads like an answer to and sanctuary from the American Century to come.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Provocative throughout, alive with laughter and surprising in the ways it stirs the heart…by and large the story is driven by sheer invention. Each imaginative leap lands on the twinned themes of American music and history.”

    Washington Post

  • “Think Philip K. Dick on smoother acid and with a more up-to-date soundtrack, and you’ve got something of this eminently strange, thoroughly excellent book.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Erickson’s gem of a novel is equally challenging and rewarding, spinning out thread after thread of story before skillfully tying them together in a satisfying climax.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Erickson’s many fans…will find plenty of narrative gems and symbolism here to savor and contemplate.”


  • Shadowbahn has a simultaneous weight and lightness, mapping out a counter-history where events that have touched all Americans are given new shape and speak in new voices.”

    Griel Marcus, author of Mystery Train

  • “A great, great, great, great novel.”

    Mark Z. Danielewski, nationally bestselling author

  • A BookRiot Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2017
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About the Author

Steve Erickson is the award-winning author of nine novels and two books of nonfiction that have been published in ten languages. His work has appeared in many publications including Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Magazine. He is the film critic for Los Angeles magazine and the editor of the literary journal Black Clock published by the California Institute of the Arts, and he teaches writing at the University of California, Riverside.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an actor, author, playwright, and professional narrator. Under the name Jahnna N. Malcolm, he and his wife, Jahnna Beecham, have written over one hundred books for young readers; their musicals have played in theaters across America. His audiobook credits include works by Dean Koontz, Nelson Algren, and William F. Buckley Jr.