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Stranger on a Train

Daydreaming and Smoking Around America with Interruptions

Jenny Diski

Picador

Using two cross-country trips on Amtrak as her narrative vehicles, British writer Jenny Diski connects the humming rails, taking her into the heart of America with the track-like scars leading back to her own past. As in the highly acclaimed Skating to Antarctica, Diski has created a seamless and seemingly effortless amalgam of reflections and revelation in a unique combination of travelogue and memoir.

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Praise for Stranger on a Train

"Distinctly Nabokovian. . .Funny, surprising and harrowing, Stranger on a Train delivers the kind of adventure travel we will always need: its discoveries aren’t new places but fresh new ways of seeing old ones." --The New York Times Book Review

"Stranger on a Train is not only a fun book (how un-British), it is an important book." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A dream of a writer...[Stranger on a Train] does what the best travel literature does: It takes you somewhere. . . lovely." --The Washington Post

"A strange and wonderful journey that reads like a synthesis of Sylvia Plath, Martin Amis and the new journalism of John McPhee." --The Times (London)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jenny Diski

  • Jenny Diski’s previous nonfiction work includes Skating to Antarctica. Her most recent novel is Only Human. She lives in Cambridge, England.
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Stranger on a Train

Daydreaming and Smoking Around America with Interruptions

Jenny Diski

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Picador

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