The Companions

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Gallery/Scout Press
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5.9 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Katie M. Flynn is a writer, editor, and educator based in San Francisco. Her short fiction has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, and, among other publications. She has been awarded Colorado Review's Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, a fellowship from the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and the Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. Katie holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Geography from UCLA. Her first novel, The Companions, was published by Gallery/Scout Press in 2020. Follow her on Instagram @Katie_M_Flynn or visit her website
"The timing couldn't be more surreal." --The San Francisco Chronicle

"Beautifully atmospheric and emotionally intense, The Companions is an unnerving and engrossing story. The radiant, somber voice of this near-future speculative novel ratchets the suspense while also illuminating what makes us human and how we endure beyond death. This is a spellbinding novel that will linger with you." --Kassandra Montag, author of After the Flood

"Flynn's dystopian story explores the idea of a pandemic-ravaged world, coincidentally published amid the coronavirus." --The Hollywood Reporter, "8 Pandemic-Themed Books to Read Amid Coronavirus"

"With deft narration and unforgettable characters, Katie M. Flynn weaves a tale of high-tech, dystopian reincarnation. Each detail is beautifully sketched and thrilling to discover, creating a near-future world of endless fascination. The Companions is a compelling, gripping, whip-smart piece of speculative fiction." --Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters

"A suspenseful, introspective debut." --Kirkus Reviews

"This sweeping novel of near-future dystopia has an ensemble cast and covers continents and years of time, but it never loses its intimacy and immediacy. There's a deeply moving humanity to each of these characters--even the ones who aren't quite human. I loved this book so much I didn't want it to end." --Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

"Flynn's vibrant characters movingly answer the oft-asked question, 'What does it mean to be human?' This will satisfy fans of literary and science fiction alike." --Publishers Weekly

"If you wished the Black Mirror episode 'Be Right Back' had explored the greater ramifications of uploading the dead into artificial bodies, Katie M. Flynn has you covered. She has explored every facet of the idea from every perspective, and the result is gripping." --Ariel S. Winter, author of The Twenty-Year Death and Barren Cove

"Flynn tells an emotive, mesmerizing speculative story in her excellent debut." --Booklist

"The Companions is one of those rare novels that leave you feeling euphoric and hollow, filled with questions about the loss and loneliness that shape life after a loved one is gone...and comes back. A stunning debut novel. We can't wait to read Katie M. Flynn's next book." --Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of People of the Canyons