The Sleepwalkers

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$27.99  $26.03
Simon & Schuster
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Scarlett Thomas was born in London. She is the author of highly acclaimed contemporary cult novels including The End of Mr. Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction; Oligarchy; The Seed Collectors; PopCo; The Sleepwalkers; and the Worldquake series of middle grade books. Her novels have sold over half a million copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-six languages. Scarlett is professor of creative writing and contemporary fiction at the University of Kent. Find out more at
"Brilliant and utterly surprising, The Sleepwalkers kept me up late, ensnared by these pitch-perfect voices and desperate to know what was going to happen next, but also, what exactly happened in the past. A gut-wrenching mystery about how far we will go to keep our secrets, and how secrets can reverberate outward in shocking and devastating ways. Lush and deeply human, stylish and sexy and important, The Sleepwalkers will take your breath away."
--CHELSEA BIEKER, author of Godshot and Heartbroke
"Vibey, dark, and weird, The Sleepwalkers is like a poetic, sinister The White Lotus with even more plot twists. I loved it."
--ALLIE ROWBOTTOM, author of Aesthetica
"A fabulously sly and slippery tale of a honeymoon that goes from bad to worse to even worse yet. Vivid, scalpel-sharp, and impossible to put down."
--KELLY LINK, Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author of Get In Trouble
"A British writer who excels at delivering novels about difficult subjects, [with a] brilliant, incisive gaze."

"Thomas has a perfectly pitched ear for human cruelty and self-delusion."

"The Sleepwalkers is never-endingly surprising and full of keen observations on relationships, politics, and art. Thomas makes real life so fraught with meaning, it feels hauntingly supernatural. A twisty Gothic tale of vertiginous depths and haunting power."
--SANDRA NEWMAN, author of Julia and The Heavens
"Their letters to each other contain shocking revelations, which Thomas unspools masterfully, expertly building tension and jolting the reader in equal measure. Fans of literary fiction and thrillers will find much to appreciate here, with the slow burn of the story's beginning paying off exponentially once all the cards are turned over. A straight-up winner."
--BOOKLIST (starred review)
"A novel about secrets, family curses, and the past erupting into the present... from a seemingly fearless writer."
--KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
"The Sleepwalkers should come with a surgeon general's warning. Not because there's smoking in Scarlett Thomas' latest (there is), but because it's such dark, twisted, pervy fun that it might dent the psyche."
"I've no idea why Scarlett Thomas isn't more widely read on this side of the pond--her writing is consistently funny and weird and crystalline."
"So is this a ghost story, or a time loop, or a memory play? For Thomas, nothing seems to be off the table. She shifts between erotic thrills, gothic drama, postmodern deconstruction and kitchen-sink realism. Through her bold storytelling, The Sleepwalkers becomes a work of peculiar, gonzo genius."

"Fantastically gripping. . . The Sleepwalkers is the tattered, singed and bloodstained scrapbook of a disaster . . . Clever, emotionally resonant, packed with startling twists and dark turns and very funny indeed, this is fiction roaring on all cylinders."