Outside the Gates of Eden

Author:   Lewis Shiner
Publisher:   Head of Zeus
Edition:   UK Airports ed
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9781789541144


Pages:   1008
Publication Date:   02 August 2019
Format:   Paperback
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A 1960s rock and roll magnum opus about three friends on the cusp of musical stardom. 'Generous but unflinching, sweeping but intimate, fictional but true' KAREN JOY FOWLER. 'A brilliant requiem for our generation and all our dreams' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN. What happened to the idealism of the 1960s? This question has haunted a generation. Outside the Gates of Eden follows two men from their first meeting in high school to their final destination in the 21st century. Alex is torn between his father's business empire and his own artistic yearnings. Cole, constantly uprooted in his childhood, finds his calling at a Bob Dylan concert in 1965. From the Summer of Love in San Francisco to the Woodstock festival in upstate New York, from campus protests to the Soho art scene, from a communal farm in Virginia to the mariachis of Guanajuato, Mexico, the novel charts the rise and fall of the counterculture - and what came after. Using the music business as a window into the history of half a century, Outside the Gates of Eden is both epic and intimate, starkly realistic and ultimately hopeful, a War and Peace for the Woodstock generation. 'Shiner displays the panoramic historical consciousness of a Pynchon or DeLillo, and yet every page is suffused with a humble and scrupulous humanity ... You simply live with his people and know them and love them' JONATHAN LETHEM. 'A page-turning tour de force. Anyone with a passion for rock and roll storytelling at its very best must not deny themselves the opportunity to read this tale. A masterpiece' IAIN MATTHEWS. 'A history of a generation seen through the lens of music' JOHN KESSEL.

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Author:   Lewis Shiner
Publisher:   Head of Zeus
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Edition:   UK Airports ed
ISBN:  

9781789541144


ISBN 10:   178954114
Pages:   1008
Publication Date:   02 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
This item is yet to be released. You can pre-order this item and we will dispatch it to you upon its release.

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PRAISE FOR LEWIS SHINER: 'A powerful piece of work ... The prose is terrific, and the sense of time and place is first rate. A brilliant requiem for our generation and all our dreams' George R.R. Martin. 'A history of a generation seen through the lens of music - but it's not just about music, but politics, sex, money, personal responsibility, idealism and corruption, youth and age' John Kessel. 'A fine novel about rock 'n' roll by believing more in musicians' human nature than in their mythologies' New York Times. 'Shiner never fails to astound ... [He's] one of today's best storytellers' Publishers Weekly.


'Absolutely bloody fantastic ... Hugely uplifting, terribly sad, totally brilliant' Weekend Sport. 'From Woodstock to the age of Trump, this sprawling, ambitious novel straddles half a century ... It is a seductive, effortless read and Shiner's brio as a storyteller never flags' Mail on Sunday. 'An engrossing and realistic novel about such important matters as the passage of time, the disappointment of hope and the role of music in society' Times Literary Supplement. 'In Outside the Gates of Eden Lewis Shiner displays the panoramic historical consciousness of a Pynchon or DeLillo, and yet every page is suffused with a humble and scrupulous humanity, scrubbed of abstractions or grandiosity - you simply live with his people and know them and love them' Jonathan Lethem. 'A page-turning tour de force. Anyone with a passion for rock and roll storytelling at its very best must not deny themselves the opportunity to read this tale. A masterpiece' Iain Matthews. 'A history of a generation seen through the lens of music - but it's not just about music, but politics, sex, money, personal responsibility, idealism and corruption, youth and age' John Kessel. 'A powerful piece of work ... The prose is terrific, and the sense of time and place is first rate. A brilliant requiem for our generation and all our dreams' George R.R. Martin. 'A story of the sixties that is generous but unflinching, sweeping but intimate, fictional but true. For everyone who's wondered how we got from there to here and also where we might go next. Hugely ambitious, simply beautiful' Karen Joy Fowler.


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Lewis Shiner was born in 1950 and played in rock bands from high school on. Previous novels include Black & White, the award-winning Glimpses, and the cyberpunk classic Frontera. He's written about music for the Village Voice, Pulse, Crawdaddy, and others. His short fiction has been reprinted in a number of best-of-the-year anthologies, and his latest collection is Heroes and Villains: Three Short Novels and a Fable. He lives in North Carolina.

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