Train Dreams

A Novella

Denis Johnson

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Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions. It is the story of Robert Grainier, 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, this 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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Train Dreams 1In the summer of 1917 Robert Grainier took part in an attempt on the life of a Chinese laborer caught, or anyway accused of, stealing from the company stores of the Spokane International Railway in the Idaho Panhandle.Three of the railroad gang put the thief under restraint and dragged him up the long bank toward the bridge under construction fifty feet above the Moyea River. A rapid singsong streamed from the Chinaman voluminously. He shipped and twisted like a weasel in a sack, lashing backward with his one free fist at the man lugging him by the neck.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Denis Johnson's novella Train Dreams. Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions. It is the story of Robert Grainier, 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.

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"A small masterpiece...Johnson is as skilled as ever at balancing menace against ecstasy, civilization against wilderness....Train Dreams might be the most powerful thing Johnson has ever written."---Anthony Doerr, The New York Times Book Review
"A triumph of spare writing...A gem of a story, set in rough times, in a tough terrain, and tenderly told."---Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

"The visionary, miraculous element in Johnson’s deceptively tough realism makes beautiful appearances in this book….The natural world of the American West is examined, logged, and frequently transfigured."---James Wood, The New Yorker

"A nearly perfect short novel from the most essential writer of his generation."---David Ulin, Los Angeles Times


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Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson is the author of six novels, three collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke was the 2007 winner of the National Book Award.

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Train Dreams
A Novella
Denis Johnson

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Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250007650
ISBN10: 1250007658
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 128 pages
$12.00

Unabridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
August 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427213778
ISBN10: 1427213771
Audio Run Time: 2:30
$17.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
August 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427213785
ISBN10: 142721378X
Audio Run Time: 4:00
$8.99

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
August 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374281144
ISBN10: 0374281149
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 128 pages
$18.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
August 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429995207
ISBN10: 1429995203
96 pages
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