Once or twice a year I encounter an author who seems to be using the familiar elements of word and page in an entirely new way, enlarging my concept of what the medium can do. Steve Erickson’s novel Shadowbahn integrates music in just such a boundary-pushing manner. Erickson sketches dense ideas with an electric, wiry brush that makes for a fast-paced read. His zeitgeist prescience is reminiscent of DeLillo but ultimately warmer. I will not spoil the plot except to share the opening image: a man in a pickup truck crests a hill in South Dakota to suddenly stare down the unmistakable visage of the Twin Towers looming on the horizon. -John— From Spring Booknotes 2017
"A beautiful, moving, strange examination of apocalypse and rebirth." - Neil Gaiman
"Erickson has mobilized so much of what feels pressing and urgent about the fractured state of the country in a way that feels fresh and not entirely hopeless, if only because the exercise of art in opposition to complacent thought can never be hopeless." - New York Times Book Review
A chronicle of a weird road trip, a provocative work of alternative history, and a dazzling discography of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, encompassing artists from Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, SHADOWBAHN is a richly allusive meditation on the meaning of American identity and of America itself.
"Jaw-dropping," says Jonathan Lethem (Granta).
About the Author
Steve Erickson is the author of nine other novels (including Zeroville, Our Ecstatic Days, and These Dreams of You) and two nonfiction books that have been published in ten languages. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, such as Esquire, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, American Prospect, and Los Angeles, for which he writes regularly about film, music, and television. Erickson is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently he teaches at the University of California, Riverside.