These Dreams of You
One November night in a
canyon outside L.A., Zan Nordhoc — a failed novelist turned pirate-radio DJ — sits
before the television with his small, adopted black daughter, watching the election of his
country's first black president. In the nova of this historic moment, with an economic recession
threatening their home, Zan, his wife and their son set out to solve the enigma of a little girl
whose body is a radio, broadcasting a future rhythm & blues that circles the sphere of time.
Scattered across two continents, the family meets a mysterious stranger with a secret who sends the
story spiraling forty years into the past, from '60s London to '70s Berlin, from the ground zero of
civilization to a New World mid-air in its leap of imagination.
electrifying. In its gorgeous, vivid prose and its acutely sensitive soul, These Dreams of
You shows us just what a novel can still do in our own crazy times."
"A striking piece of work, fast-moving and far-reaching."
"Raises questions, even (or especially) if it can't answer them. It's in the asking, after all, that literature is made."
David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times
"Drama filled with
exuberance... the story is wild enough to do justice to the paradoxes and swings of our
'democrazy.' Erickson's jagged, jazzy voice is his own."
The Washington Post
"Hypnotic...powerful...makes us wonder and cheer
enthusiastically about the strange and more than coincidental thing we call life itself."
All Things Considered, NPR
"Actions echo across time, continents and realities...a series of endless,
New York Times Book Review
"Beautiful, elegiac, with mazes and labyrinths both real and imagined...a complex and
imaginative tapestry about family and identity."
Kirkus (starred review)
"Erickson's skillful use of metafictional techniques,
coincidences and resonances expands the story into an absorbing meditation on narrative
The New Yorker
"Superb. Pushes against the idea of the novel as a stagnated medium by flexing its own
"Magnificent. A big novel
of big ideas... As readers rush headlong
toward its climax, they may feel as if emerged from a fever dream."
New York Journal of Books
"I am astonished at the emotions this book let flood through my head and heart."
"May well be
today's Great American Novel... the final, choking
passage belongs in the same league as the conclusions of The Great Gatsby, On the
Road and Vineland."
Los Angeles Review of Books