Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

Sleep Donation

Karen Russell


From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.

Ms. Russell creates a new illness. She describes it’s hold over a futuristic America with “Twilight Zone”-like inventiveness and the energy and brio of a natural fantasist with a proclivity for blending the real and the surreal, the psychological and the sci-fi . . . She puts the reader under a spell for the duration of her story.

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

A master storyteller.

Electric Literature

It is signature Russell: a fanciful, droll, elaborately thought-through allegory with a dark center . . . Her sentences both resonate with familiarity and startle with beauty.


The combination of Russell’s dazzling imagination and virtuosic prose adds up to pleasurable sensory overload. A-

Entertainment Weekly

“[Karen Russell] is arguably our greatest fantasist writing serious fiction today.


Russell writes with a Swiftian sense of sature . . . “Sleep Donation” is her most cutting lens yet.

John Freeman, The Boston Globe

Twice Upon a Time: Listening to New York by Hari Kunzru

Twice Upon a Time:
Listening to New York

Hari Kunzru


A unique digital experience combining a beautiful prose essay on the sounds of New York with the extraordinary music of Moondog, and binaural recordings of the city itself, by one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, and author of My Revolutions and Gods Without Men.

A visionary e-book . . . An aural and visual immersion like no other, showing the dimensions that “books” can explore onscreen that they can’t in print.

Starred Kirkus Review

A multimedia immersive experience . . . Remarkable.

The A.V. Club

This week I read—no, I should say experienced—a title that could offer a taste of publishing’s future. Hari Kunzru’s fascinating digital essay, Twice Upon A Time: Listening to New York . . . The finished product . . . is something that transcends the reading experience.

Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

A kind of three-dimensional tone poem of city life . . . it recreates New York as a random pastiche of music, conversation, traffic noise, all adding up to its own ecstatic symphony.

David Ulin, LA Times

. . . An evocative multimedia essay, Twice Upon A Time . . . allows readers to scroll through slides of text and imagery, each one synced to a soundtrack.

Porter Shreve, San Francisco Chronicle

The total package . . . I would give this e-book to anyone who just arrived in the city and tell them to listen, to read, and to thereby recognize what a crazy, wonderful place they now call home.

Malcolm Jones, The Daily Beast

A truly astonishing, mesmerizing, and in its own way beautiful piece of musical and literary work. Twice Upon a Time will move any New Yorker, or anyone who knows the city streets, heart and soul with its eerie, gritty grace and power.

Patrick McGrath author of Asylum, and Constance

A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie

A God in Every Stone

Kamila Shamsie


From the Orange Prize shortlisted and Granta Best of Young British Novelist, Kamila Shamsie, a kaleidoscopic masterpiece of empire and rebellion.

Beautifully composed, and often terribly moving.

Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR

A page-turner that is also a literary delight.

Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Guardian Summer Reading

Her best novel yet . . . exciting and, in the end, profoundly moving.

Antonia Fraser, author of Marie Antoinette: The Journey, Guardian Summer Reading

A magnificent novel: beautiful, terrible, true. Full of passion, life and intelligence . . . It reads already like a classic.

Ali Smith, author of The Accidental and How to be Both

Kamila Shamsie’s powerful and gripping novel explores questions of love, loyalty and national identity.

Irish Times

Shamsie excavates the deepest, darkest corners of the human heart . . . Gripping.

The Observer

A God In Every Stone will surely confirm Shamsie’s increasing eminence in the British world of letters.

The Financial Times

A valuable reminder that the legacy of the Great War stretched far beyond Versailles.

Sunday Times

The New World by Eli Horowitz and Chris Adrian

The New World

Eli Horowitz & Chris Adrian


Acclaimed author Chris Adrian (The Children’s Hospital, The Great Night) joins the award-winning creators of The Silent History—Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn to create an innovative digital novel about memory, grief and love.

The New World is a marvel. For the full experience, I’d recommend reading this one on the Atavist app. It’s a truly new way to move through a book—when I got to the end, I was so shaken that I had to pace the room. Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz are not only reinventing the act of reading but also breaking our hearts with this extraordinary, digital love story.

Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

It's a wild and fun book, yes, and also a precipitously imaginative and intelligent one. But maybe most importantly, its humor is profound and seems to come from the heart of an angel.

Rivka Galchen, author of American Innovations

Adrian and Horowitz stylishly blend genres . . . Graphics, color transitions, fades, and even the way in which the text sweeps compliment and contribute to this engaging digital narrative.

Publishers Weekly

I literally couldn’t be a bigger fan of Chris Adrian’s uniquely compassionate and wildly inventive voice. In The New World, Adrian pairs with Eli Horowitz to create a cryogenically intimate meditation on life and loss, and what it might mean to live forever.

Nathan Englander, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey

Dear Thief

Samantha Harvey


From acclaimed Orange Prize and Guardian First Book Award finalist, Samantha Harvey, a stunning novel of female friendship, betrayal and revenge.

Dear Thief is a hypnotic, beautiful and sometimes dark incantation—a letter to an old friend that lures the reader in and doesn’t let go. Samantha Harvey’s novel is a deftly drawn reminder of our deeply human desire for connection and the risk involved in the revelation of that desire.

Katha Pollitt

Harvey has struck gold . . . a heady, elegiac combination of eroticism and loss, loathing and rapture.

The Guardian

Harvey’s writing is stunning; an effortless spool that gradually winds back the layers, dropping in revelations . . . Brilliant.

The Times London

Harvey’s prose is quite simply ravishing . . . an incandescent vision of hope and acceptance.

Sunday Telegraph

A novel of profound beauty.

Michael Cunningham

With her eerie and arresting latest, Harvey (The Wilderness) gives the neologism ‘frenemy’ a full-book treatment . . . Thrilling.

Publishers Weekly