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"Dream State is a masterpiece. A glittering, evocative achievement. I thought about the ending for days.”

- Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son


"Puchner's subject is love over the passage of time, shuffling the deck of years and revealing to us, like a magician, precisely the perfect cards. A book of tears, laughter, longing, regrets and filled to the brim with life. Dream State is a wonder of character and craft; settle in and enjoy!"

- Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less and Less Is Lost

"Dream State is a delight.  Every scene, every character, every sentence, is infused with Eric Puchner's intelligence and wit.  An exquisitely rendered novel about the vagaries of fate, and friendship, and love."

-Alice McDermott, National Book Award-winning author of Absolution


"Dream State
is a gorgeous exploration of time, grief, love, and the way that the commitments we make turn us into the people we become. Puchner expertly balances the looming question of our place as a species in a burning world with the eternal human question of which of our choices matter and to whom.  Sharply observed, tenderly compassionate, and with an expansive capacity for both hilarity and heartbreak, this brilliant novel dazzles and surprises." 

- Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections


“Elegant and formally exhilarating, Dream State is funny and wild, full of wonder, terror, and joy. Here is some of the most beautiful writing that I have ever read. At times I felt that I too was on skis, flying as if in a dream.”


- Matthew Klam, author of Who Is Rich?


"Dream State explores several monumental themes – love, family, identity, human transience, climate change – but always with a scrupulous attention to the fate of individuals, and always with a powerful sense of intimate connection. This is what makes it such a remarkable achievement - and also, despite the gravity of its subjects, such a compellingly entertaining read. Eric Puchner writes with a marvellous buoyancy and precision, and the generous sweep of his narrative is at once exhilarating, and proof of the compassion that lies at its heart."


 - Andrew Motion, UK Poet Laureate 1999-2009

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