Trance

A Novel

Christopher Sorrentino

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2005 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
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It is 1974 and a tiny band of self-styled urban guerrillas, calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), abducts a newspaper heiress, who then takes the guerrilla name"Tania" and shocks the world by choosing to remain with her former captors. Soon most of the SLA are dead, killed in a suicidal confrontation with police in Los Angeles, forcing Tania and her two remaining comrades--the pompous and abusive General Teko and his duplicitous lieutenant, Yolanda--into hiding, where they will remain for the next sixteen months. These are the months of Tania's sentimental education.

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"Sorrentino's vision here is kaleidoscopic, eliding fluidly from individual to individual, taking on a wide array of points of view."--David L. Ulin, Newsday
 
"Trance is a work of startling insight, marvelously and masterfully evoking the grim stuff of true American nightmares."--Colson Whitehead, author of John Henry Days
 
"This sprawling work is so ambitious and irreverent that it doesn't fit easily into any genre. . . . Full of descriptions sublime in their precision . . . Trance is a pleasure to read--delightful and often funny."--Los Angeles Times
 
"Sorrentino has something of Don DeLillo's ear for American white noise--for the hiss and crackle that fills the country's derelict spaces."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"[Sorrentino] remains a virtuoso, and much of the success of this book is due to his writing skill. . . . [He] is an insightful, sensitive writer who makes you believe you're seeing what he's describing."--Harvey Pekar, The Baltimore Sun
 
"Big and ambitious . . . It's method and scope are breathtaking."--Salon.com
 
"Trance doggedly dismantles the pedestal of celebrity and myth."--The Village Voice

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Christopher Sorrentino

Christopher Sorrentino is the author of a previous novel, Sound on Sound. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Trance
A Novel
Christopher Sorrentino

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National Book Awards - Finalist

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
April 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425319
ISBN10: 0312425317
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 528 pages
$22.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429932721
ISBN10: 1429932724
528 pages
$7.99
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