William Morrow Paperbacks How High We Go in the Dark
William Morrow Paperbacks How High We Go in the Dark

How High We Go in the Dark

By Sequoia Nagamatsu


Publication Date: January 10, 2023

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER“Moving and thought-provoking . . . offering psychological insights in lyrical prose while seriously exploring speculative conceits.” — New York Times Book ReviewFor fans of Cloud Atlas and Station Eleven, a spellbinding and profoundly prescient debut that follows a cast of intricately linked characters over hundreds of years as humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a climate plague—a daring and deeply heartfelt work of mind-bending imagination from a singular new voice. 

In 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the Batagaika Crater, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost, including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who appears to have died of an ancient virus.Once unleashed, the Arctic plague will reshape life on Earth for generations to come, quickly traversing the globe, forcing humanity to devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace possibility in the face of tragedy. In a theme park designed for terminally ill children, a cynical employee falls in love with a mother desperate to hold on to her infected son. A heartbroken scientist searching for a cure finds a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects—a pig—develops the capacity for human speech. A widowed painter and her teenaged granddaughter embark on a cosmic quest to locate a new home planet. From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead to interstellar starships, Sequoia Nagamatsu takes readers on a wildly original and compassionate journey, spanning continents, centuries, and even celestial bodies to tell a story about the resilience of the human spirit, our infinite capacity to dream, and the connective threads that tie us all together in the universe.

About the Author

Sequoia Nagamatsu is a Japanese American writer and managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine. Originally from Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of the award-winning short-story collection Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, and his work has appeared in such publications as Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Fairy Tale Review, and Tin House, among others. He currently lives in Minnesota with his wife, cat, and a robot dog named Calvino.

Format: Paperback

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: January 10, 2023

ISBN: 9780063072657

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