This National Book Award–winning novel was named a Best Book of the Year by Time, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Slate, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Christian Science Monitor. It is the story of William “Skip” Sands, CIA—engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong—and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly and its gritty, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, this is a story like nothing in our literature. Tree of Smoke is Denis Johnson’s most gripping, beautiful, and powerful work to date. In the words of Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times, Tree of Smoke is “bound to become one of the classic works of literature produced by that tragic and uncannily familiar war.” Download and start listening now!