Publisher: Vintage
In the not-too-distant future, no one trusts anyone and everyone is watching everybody else. America is obsessed with information and under siege from an insidious enemy: paranoia. National identify cards are mandatory, terrorism alerts are a daily event, and privacy is laid bare on the Internet. For a freelance journalist, her daughter, a bestselling author, and a struggling actor, these tumultuous times provide the backdrop as their lives become inextricably bound in a darkly humorous, frighteningly accurate story of life in an unstable world.



After the explosion, the driver of the overturned school bus stood beside the wreckage, his clothes in shreds. He was cupping his hands to his ears, as if to spare himself the noise of sirens, car alarms, bullhorns, whistles, and tumbling masonry. When he brought his hands away and held them in front of his...
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“As atmospheric with vague menace as a Hitchcock thriller.” —Michael Dirda, New York Review of Books


“Scarily beautiful . . . . [Raban is] a gifted writer who explores the human condition with tenderness, empathy and rueful wit.”

The Washington Post


“A timely disquisition on the fragility of truth and identity in the information age.” —Bloomberg News


“Raban is using fiction to explore the most important issues of our day and doing so at the highest artistic level.” —Oregonian


“Heart-thumping dread permeates this creepy, stunning book.” —Tucson Citizen


“Raban is a wonderful and cerebral stylist, a master of arresting syntactical inversions with an incisive view of our contemporary moment.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer


“Mesmerizing. . . . Sharp and riveting. . . . A masterful job.” —Newsday