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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denis Johnson Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781427213785
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year
One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011

Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.

Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.

Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West—its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders—the new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

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  • “[A] severely lovely tale . . . The visionary, miraculous element in Johnson's deceptively tough realism makes beautiful appearances in this book. The hard, declarative sentences keep their powder dry for pages at a time, and then suddenly flare into lyricism; the natural world of the American West is examined, logged, and frequently transfigured. I started reading ‘Train Dreams' with hoarded suspicion, and gradually gave it all away, in admiration of the story's unaffected tact and honesty . . . Any writer can use simple prose to describe the raising of a cabin or the cutting down of tress, but only very good writers can use that prose to build a sense of an entire community, and to convey, without condescension, that this community shares some of the simplicity of the prose. Chekhov could do this, Naipaul does it in his early work about Trinidad, and Johnson does it here, often using an unobtrusive, free indirect style to inhabit the limited horizons of his characters . . . A way of being, a whole community, has now disappeared from view, and is given brief and eloquent expression here. James Wood, The New Yorker

  • National Book Award winner Johnson (Tree of Smoke) has skillfully packed an epic tale into novella length in this account of the life of Idaho Panhandle railroad laborer Robert Grainer . . . The gothic sensibility of the wilderness and isolated settings and Native American folktales, peppered liberally with natural and human-made violence, add darkness to a work that lingers viscerally with readers . . . Highly recommended. Library Journal (starred)
  • National Book Award-winner Johnson, ever the literary shape-shifter, looks back to America's expansionist fever dream in a haunting frontier ballad about a loner named Robert Granier . . . Johnson draws on history and tall tales to adroitly infuse one contemplative man's solitary life with the boundless mysteries of nature and the havoc of humankind's breakneck technological insurgency, creating a concentrated, reverberating tale of ravishing solemnity and molten lyricism. Donna Seaman, Booklist
  • Readers eager for a fat follow-up to Tree of Smoke could be forgiven a modicum of skepticism at this tidy volume . . . but it would be a shame to pass up a chance to encounter the synthesis of Johnson's epic sensibilities rendered in miniature in the clipped tone of Jesus' Son . . . An ode to the vanished West that captures the splendor of the Rockies as much as the small human mysteries that pass through them, this svelte stand-alone has the virtue of being a gem in itself, and, for the uninitiated, a perfect introduction to Johnson. Publisher's Weekly (starred)
  • Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is like a long out-of-print B-side, a hard-to-find celebrated work treasured by those in the know that's finally become available to the rest of us . . . . Train Dreams is a peculiarly gripping book. It palpably conjures the beauty of an American West then still very much a place of natural wonder and menace, and places one man's lonely life in that landscape, where he's at once comfortably at home and utterly lost. Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • His hero, Robert Grainier, a sometimes logger and sometimes hauler, is as dislocated as any wandering druggy from an earlier Johnson book. And in these logging camps and train towns, Johnson has found a territory as strange and unpredictable as any dystopic landscape of his imagination. In a way, Train Dreams puts me in mind of a late Bob Dylan album: with the wildness and psychedelia of youth burned out of him, Johnson's eccentricity is revealed as pure Americana. Gabriel Brownstein, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
  • A meditative, often magical book . . . Deceptively simple language and arresting details make this a book to read slowly . . . Johnson's portrait of a man who stands still as life marches on is itself something timeless. Kate Tuttle, Boston.com
  • Take the time to peruse Johnson's corpus, and the inescapable conclusion is that its recurring elements are passions, revisited thoughtfully, not out of complacency or lack of imagination.
  • Train Dreams drives this spike home in two ways. The first is that its time period marked a major departure for Johnson, one presumably demanding a staggering deal of research. The second is that its tone, more subdued than Johnson's usual, had to have presented a challenge. He manages to avoid two of the snares that await writers of historical fiction-on the one hand, anachronism . . . on the other hand, an anxious dependency on archaic words and cherry-picked, jarring period detail. Maybe it helped matters that Johnson is a poet. His language keeps frontier passion in the yoke of plausible old-time discretion . . . [Train Dreams has] a delicacy of language and a mythic simplicity of storytelling that would slip the grasp of many writers. Stefan Beck, The Barnes and Noble Review
  • [Train Dreams] is a triumph of spare writing that sketches the life of [Robert] Grainier, a logger and hauler born in 1886, and who dies, in a different world, in 1968 . . . in a blend of myth and history, Johnson builds a world around Grainier . . . Johnson, a poet, playwright and novelist, won the National Book Award in 2007 for his sprawling Vietnam War novel, Tree of Smoke. But he goes short as well as he goes long. Train Dreams . . . is a gem of a story, set in rough times, in a tough terrain, and tenderly told. Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today
  • Johnson's new novella may be his most pared-down work of fiction yet, but make no mistake--it packs a wallop . . . Train Dreams is a small book of weighty ideas. It renders the story of America and our westward course of empire in the most beautiful and heartbreaking manner imaginable . . . Train Dreams explores what was lost in the process of American growth. Much to his credit, Johnson doesn't simply posit industry and nature against each other, or science and religion, or even human and animal, but instead looks at how their interactions can transform both. And [Robert] Grainier is there through all of this examination, over the course of his long and sad life, to serve as our witness and maybe even our conscience. Andrew Ervin, The Miami Herald
  • Denis Johnson's novel . . . is like a crystal: hard, gem-like, and intricately structured . . . Johnson's prose is simple yet lyrical, and its clear beauty often reflects the things it describes . . . Even more striking are the descriptions of Grainier's almost elemental lonesomeness. Anthony Domestico, Commonweal

  • I first read Denis Johnson's Train Dreams in a bright orange 2002 issue of The Paris Review and felt that old thrill of discovery . . . Every once in a while, over the ensuing nine years, I'd page through that Paris Review and try to understand how Johnson had made such a quietly compelling thing. Part of it, of course, is atmosphere. Johnson's evocation of Prohibition Idaho is totally persuasive . . . The novella also accumulates power because Johnson is as skilled as ever at balancing menace against ecstasy, civilization against wilderness. His prose tiptoes a tightrope between peace and calamity, and beneath all of the novella's best moments, Johnson runs twin strains of tenderness and the threat of violence . . . it might be the most powerful thing Johnson has ever written. Anthony Doerr, The New York Times Book Review
  • Johnson beautifully conveys what he calls ‘the steadying loneliness' of most of Grainier's life, the ordinary adventures of a simple man whose people are, we hear, ‘the hard people of the northwestern mountains,' and toward the end even convinces us of his character's inquisitive and perhaps even deeper nature than we might first have imagined. Grainier ‘lived more than eighty years, well into the 1960s,' we learn. Most people who read this beautifully made word-engraving on the page will find him living on. Alan Cheuse, NPR
  • Train Dreams is a portrait of containment, of compression and restraint . . . On the one hand, what Johnson is evoking is the sweep of time, of history, as seen through an archetypal life. Grainer is an ideal filter for such an effort: born in one century, living mostly in another, he becomes a three-dimensional metaphor for the industrialization of the country, the slow passage from rural to commercial, the commodification of our collective soul. And yet, as he generally does, Johnson has something more elusive in mind also, something more fundamental and intense . . . Here, Johnson gets at the key issue of his writing: the fluid divide between spirit and substance, his sense that the metaphysical is always with us, even if we can't decipher what it means . . . As for what this says about the country Grainer represents, perhaps it's that we are bound, at the deepest level, by something elemental, something that eludes reason, or even language but tells a story just the same. Such a story exists between terror and transcendence, between the wild and the tame. David. L. Ulin, The Los Angeles Times
  • Train Dreams is an eloquently scattershot biography of a fictional labourer who lived much of his life in the woods, alone. It's a compressed epic about wolf-children, ghosts, wilderness, fearsome weather and the lingering threads that kept man tied to animal in the western parts of our continent--a connection lost to the past century . . . [It] is as magnificent, spellbinding and intermittently awkward as anything Denis Johnson has ever done . . . Johnson, with his affinity for poetically deformed vernacular, vividly evokes the satisfactions and tolls of work: men living in tents left over from the Civil War, long days, foul smells that cling to the body, shoulders that lock up and joints that won't hold, accidental deaths--and not-so-accidental deaths . . . Johnson imbues the handful of remarkable experiences Grainier did have with reverence: a first kiss, a brush with racist violence that nearly made Grainier an accomplice to murder, the time a man from Alberta took Grainier up in a plane and prompted a spilling forth of forgotten childhood sensations. None of this feels inflated or forced. For the short while it takes to read Train Dreams we are held in its grip, pulled by our shirt-fronts. This book is a small, glinting, oddly shaped treasure. José Teodoro, Edmonton Journal
  • While in [Johnson's] writerly company you cannot help but believe that the world is a function of his apprehension of it, and it is this quality that lends his matchless prose its sense of having been less written than received, an effortless and profound transmission, radio waves unscrolling in the black sea between the prairie and the star map--all that heady bullshit, but ringing true . . . Train Dreams is also very funny. Quirky, colorful, off-beat characters intrude on Grainier's solitude at regular intervals, each one a babbling fool. There are roughnecks and Indians and a man dying in the woods of knife wounds to the backs of his knees. When a risqué film screens in town Grainier is nearly done in with lust by the word "pulchritude" on a promotional poster. A man reports himself shot by his own dog . . . Padgett Powell once wrote that Johnson ‘takes loss through some kind of sound barrier, past which celebrations of joy in destitution appear. For clean line, for deftness, for hard honest comedy there is no better than Denis Johnson.' That seems exactly right to me. Justin Taylor, The Faster Times
  • Grainier's story is the story of an ordinary man told in an extraordinary way in extraordinarily spare yet magical prose . . . some of Johnson's best writing is on display here. It is a book of wonders both real and imagined, of great locomotives that traversed the continent and sawmills that conquered the big woods, of a curse by a persecuted ‘Chinaman' that (perhaps) brings destruction on Grainier's wife and daughter and their little cabin in the woods, a great fire Grainier would remember his entire life, like something Biblical in modern times. As with Johnson's best work, the prose and the story itself start out in a realistic way, plain and serious but with a little smirk, and then take us someplace else: the plainness becomes poetic; the seriousness becomes hallucinatory, as if to say that we should take serious things seriously, but that it is also more complicated than merely taking them seriously; and the smirk--the smirk of a saint who finally has achieved religious ecstasy and who smirks because he knows he was right all along . . . The world he creates is the real world but always teetering on hallucination, on myth, on turning into something other than its plain, concrete, realistic surface. It is the world on the verge of spiritual transcendence and illumination, and it is the world on the verge of nothingness. It is the world we know and don't know, and it seems always about to vanish before our eyes . . . Train Dreams is an important little book, and Denis Johnson is an important, big writer, and I hate to think of a time when he and a few others like him will not be there to protect us from our modern desire to flee the human world into something less human, less scary, less alive--and less permanent. Anthony Wallace, The Arts Fuse
  • At his worst, man is haunted by the past--the past reappearing in our dreams as a constant reminder of mistakes, of loved ones lost and of the indelible mark left on our memory by the sometimes violent imagery of life. Denis Johnson . . . portrays these sentiments in Train Dreams, a perfectly understated novella that tells the story of everyman Robert Grainier . . . Grainier is a man ultimately measured by movement: "He'd started his life story on a train ride he couldn't remember, and ended up standing around outside a train with Elvis Presley in it." Like the distant rumble of the locomotive in the still of night, memory acts as both a comfort and a disquieting reminder of the linear trajectory leading toward and away from him. Lucas Sarcona, News Review
  • Johnson is one of our finest writers. His characters are usually not the high and mighty but the down-and-out, sometimes marginalized individuals who struggle to communicate their deeper longings or their encounters with the transcendent. A poet, he infuses his narratives with images that sparkle and even jolt but never overwhelm the reader . . . Johnson has the unique ability to draw us into a story and a character until we encounter our own questions about mortality and meaning . . . when we leave this man and this book, we feel the loss, which reverberates in our own souls. We recognize in Grainier's dreams of trains our own fears and longings. Johnson in his poignant prose helps us feel such things. Gordon Houser, The Wichita Eagle
  • “A tender, lonesome, and riveting story, an American epic writ small…It’s a love story, a hermit’s story, and a refashioning of age-old wolf-based folklore like “Little Red Cap.” It’s also a small masterpiece. You look up from the thing dazed, slightly changed…It might be the most powerful thing Johnson has ever written.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Train Dreams is a gorgeous, rich book about the classic American myth, but written for a country that's lost faith in its own mythology . . . Train Dreams, luscious with grief, regret, and lowered expectations, is a lesson in end-of-the-frontier humility for a country anticipating apocalypse. K. Reed Perry, Electric Literature
  • Johnson captures the feeling of the woods and the small towns built around mining, logging and the new railroads. Indians and Chinese laborers also play significant roles . . . The writing is spare and frequently beautiful; Johnson's backwoods dialogue and tall tales are often hilarious; and he graces us with such wonderful words as ‘pulchritude' and ‘confabulation'--it's a shame we don't hear them much anymore. Stephen K. Tollefson, San Francisco Chronicle
  • This musical little novella, originally published in 2003 in the Paris Review, is set mostly in the 1920s, and in the logging camps and train-station towns of Idaho and of the Pacific Northwest. It is wholly Johnson's own.
  • “An eloquent portrait of the early twentieth-century American West and an affecting tale of one man’s struggle to live with loss…[Johnson] proves his skill at drawing the kind of grim Americana you might expect from Cormac McCarthy or Annie Proulx. Indeed, Train Dreams has much in common with Proulx’s story ‘Brokeback Mountain’—the flinty Western setting, the roiling emotions of a quiet working man.”

    Washington Post

  • “Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams is like a long out-of-print B-side, a hard-to-find celebrated work treasured by those in the know that’s finally become available to the rest of us…Train Dreams is a peculiarly gripping book. It palpably conjures the beauty of an American West, then still very much a place of natural wonder and menace, and places one man’s lonely life in that landscape, where he’s at once comfortably at home and utterly lost.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Johnson captures the feeling of the woods and the small towns built around mining, logging, and the new railroads. Indians and Chinese laborers also play significant roles…The writing is spare and frequently beautiful; Johnson’s backwoods dialogue and tall tales are often hilarious; and he graces us with such wonderful words as ‘pulchritude’ and ‘confabulation’—it’s a shame we don’t hear them much anymore.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Train Dreams puts me in mind of a late Bob Dylan album: with the wildness and psychedelia of youth burned out of him, Johnson’s eccentricity is revealed as pure Americana.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Johnson’s new novella may be his most pared-down work of fiction yet, but make no mistake—it packs a wallop…Train Dreams is a small book of weighty ideas. It renders the story of America and our westward course of empire in the most beautiful and heartbreaking manner imaginable…Train Dreams explores what was lost in the process of American growth. Much to his credit, Johnson doesn’t simply posit industry and nature against each other, or science and religion, or even human and animal, but instead looks at how their interactions can transform both. And [Robert] Grainier is there through all of this examination, over the course of his long and sad life, to serve as our witness and maybe even our conscience.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Johnson beautifully conveys what he calls ‘the steadying loneliness’ of most of Grainier’s life, the ordinary adventures of a simple man whose people are, we hear, ‘the hard people of the northwestern mountains,’ and toward the end even convinces us of his character’s inquisitive and perhaps even deeper nature than we might first have imagined.”

    NPR

  • “Johnson has skillfully packed an epic tale into novella length in this account of the life of Idaho Panhandle railroad laborer Robert Grainer…The gothic sensibility of the wilderness and isolated settings and Native American folktales, peppered liberally with natural and human-made violence, add darkness to a work that lingers viscerally with readers.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Johnson, ever the literary shape-shifter, looks back to America’s expansionist fever dream in a haunting frontier ballad about a loner named Robert Granier…Johnson draws on history and tall tales to adroitly infuse one contemplative man’s solitary life with the boundless mysteries of nature and the havoc of humankind’s breakneck technological insurgency, creating a concentrated, reverberating tale of ravishing solemnity and molten lyricism.”

    Booklist

  • “An ode to the vanished West that captures the splendor of the Rockies as much as the small human mysteries that pass through them, this svelte stand-alone has the virtue of being a gem in itself, and, for the uninitiated, a perfect introduction to Johnson.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2011 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2011 Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2011 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction
  • Among shortlisted titles for Pulitzer Prize - Finalist, 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newengland | 2/10/2014

    " This is a one-day novella with honest, straight-forward writing chronicling the rather lonely life of a logger named Robert Grainier. Opens with a bang -- the violent death of an accused Chinese man among railroad workers. In a scene uncomfortable both physically and morally, Robert and a handful of other white men drag the fighting foreigner to the middle of the bridge they're building far above the Moyea River. It isn't pretty, but not a lot is in this stark book, including Grainier's brief marriage to a woman named Gladys. A real taste of the old northwest here, with fringes of magical realism thanks to Indian beliefs at times. Not a lot. Just enough to make the minimalist realism interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caley | 2/3/2014

    " Guess the bandwagon on this one passed me by. Too sparse, emotionally unfulfilling, and slightly... gasp... boring. I love period pieces and there's no doubt that Johnson nailed the history behind this one but there was some sort of missing link between character and reader that left me detached and disinterested. Maybe I was reading too fast? 3 stars. Pulitzer nominees always let me down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Kjos | 1/30/2014

    " Good stuff. I agree with what most say, most of its power is derived from its brevity. Good atmosphere and a well rendered environment. Some odd disconnected passages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ellen | 1/19/2014

    " When a wolf howls in the wilderness, there is a primal feeling that pricks the spine, a feeling whose depth is related to profound loneliness yet not quite tinged with despair. When one hears a wolf howl, one knows that he is way out there. That is the feeling this book evokes. Originally published as a short story, Train Dreams has been released as a novella that is well worth reading all at once. It is the story of a life - its protagonist, Grainier, lives out his life in northern Idaho with occasional forays into Washington and Oregon for woodsman's work and into Spokane for pleasure. Although he lives into the 1960's, most of the book takes place in the early 1900's, when Model-T Fords were a novelty and religion and superstition were great forces in the lives of men. Elegant yet spare in style, Denis Johnson places the reader in the story with all the senses: we get the smells and sounds of a burning forest, feel the hardness of life on the land, see the limpid beauty of a mountain sunset. This book is best experienced on a quiet evening when you have plenty of time to read it and then allow it to digest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linny | 1/9/2014

    " book group book which I read before - railroads conduit for history of the West, wonderful details of working life, protagonist loses wife / child in fire = becomes obsessed in his grief. A brief brilliant novel, intensely focused on span of his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince Carter | 12/29/2013

    " Atmospheric novella that captures the color and range of emotions of life in the mountain west at the turn of the last century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Cerjan | 12/17/2013

    " A gem! This novella evokes a time and place and builds a little world of its own. Masterful writing and a lesson for those wanting to write. I look forward to re-reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 12/6/2013

    " This is a short, easy read, and some have called it a man's book, which is a fair assessment, I suppose. On the other hand, the author has a clear command of words and emotions, handling bliss and despondency with equal grace. The scene in which the deceased wife comes back in a vision is powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara A | 11/18/2013

    " I want to quietly put this perfect, perfect book into the hands of every person I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/8/2013

    " Very lyrical and very melancholy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Bungle | 3/1/2013

    " This novella was a very quick, enjoyable read. This was my first introduction to Denis Johnson and I look forward to reading some of his novels in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E. | 11/14/2012

    " This was one of my first forays into books on tape and it was a great story for it as it can be digested in one sitting (or road trip). I enjoyed it. Eerie and tough and loaded with imagery. First thing by Denis Johnson I've enjoyed since Jesus Son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/12/2012

    " I thought this little book was practically perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 6/28/2012

    " Lyrically written - beautiful written story, but easily forgotten. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caron Gibson | 5/19/2012

    " Not sure why this one was up for the Pulitzer. Didn't really get into the protaginist much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/1/2012

    " Short 100 page novella about a semi-hermits life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1900's. Lot of symbolism with the main character and the US. Enjoyable quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misha | 1/31/2012

    " Not my thing. It had some moments, but I just generally didn't care about the main character or what happened to him. Plus, do I really need to know that people buggered cows and raped young girls in the old West? Yeah, just meh. I need to reread "Jesus' Son" and forget about this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/21/2012

    " This book is the short offspring of Rudyard Kipling and Larry McMurtry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Balliro | 12/28/2011

    " First read: Jan. 14, 2012 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/18/2011

    " This is a gem of a novella. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 11/7/2011

    " A perfect novella. Johnson has a poet's eye. I read this quickly and devotedly. So happy to have read this as I have slogged through some real mediocre (at best) books as of late. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 10/16/2011

    " Evocative. Reminiscent of Altman's McCabe & Mrs Miller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 10/14/2011

    " Denis Johnson's stunning novella follows the life of Pacific Northwestern day laborer Robert Grainier. Achingly told, this is a story that delves deep into the heart of a man who represents countless men who were our grandfathers and great grandfathers. A breathtaking book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regan | 10/12/2011

    " Why did this win an award? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deniz | 10/7/2011

    " Beautifully written, short, and surprisingly moving at times. Reminiscent of the writings of Rick Bass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/5/2011

    " Loved this novella. Great character, living on the edge of the world in the early days of the West. Denis Johnson is a master. "

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About the Author
Author Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson, poet, playwright and author, was born in Munich, West Germany in 1949 and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington. He is the author of a number of novels, several collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. He holds a masters’ degree from the University of Iowa and has received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, the National Book Award for Fiction. His novel Tree of Smoke won the 2007 National Book Award and 2008 Audie Award for Literary Fiction. He lives in northern Idaho.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.