"Denis Johnson has the power to captivate one's imagination and transport them to the time and place where his stories occur. Very few authors have this affect on me, and their formulas are hard to decipher, leaving me with the need to discover more of their writings. With Train Dreams, I found myself entering the world of Robert Grainier and his life in the American West—carried along with the beautiful prose Johnson is known for. At 116 pages, the journey is a quick one, but worthwhile. If you're not acquainted with any of Johnson's writings, Train Dreams is an excellent place to start."
A New York Times Notable Book
An Esquire Best Book of 2011
A New Yorker Favorite Book of 2011
A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2011
Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions. It is the story of Robert Grainier, a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century---an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West, this novella by the National Book Award--winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.