BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman's top recommended read for Austin. October's pick is: Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, October 5 to read their review. Join us here at BookPeople on Monday, October 6 at 7pm when John Darnielle speaks about and signs his new book.
STATESMAN SELECTS: BOUND TO BE A GOOD READ.
Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Lance and Carrie are high school
students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their
play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to
account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time,
tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the
world in which most people live. Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van
unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the
climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean’s life. Beautifully
written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle’s audacious and gripping
debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary
by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips
crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small
apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures
where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries
between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian—a
text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides
players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain,
which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a
ravaged, savage future America.
John Darnielle is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for
the band the Mountain Goats; he is widely considered one of the best
lyricists of his generation. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with
his wife and son.