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National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
In 1974, a tiny band of self-styled urban guerrillas, calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army, abducts a newspaper heiress, who then takes the guerrilla name 'Tania' and shocks the world by choosing to remain with her former captors. Has she been brainwashed? Why else would such a nice girl disavow her loving parents, her adoring fiance, her comfortable home? Why would she adopt the SLA's cri de guerre, 'Death to the Fascist Insect That Preys Upon the Life of the People'? Soon most of the SLA are dead, killed in a suicidal confrontation with police in Los Angeles, forcing Tania and her two remaining comrades - the pompous and abusive General Teko and his duplicitous lieutenant, Yolanda - into hiding, where they will remain for the next sixteen months. These are the months of Tania's sentimental education. Trance, Christopher Sorrentino's triumphant second novel, leaps from the pages of history into satire and myth. It takes the reader on an underground tour across a beleaguered America in the company of scam artists, visionaries, cultists, and a mismatched gang of middle-class militants who typify the guiding conceit of their time, that of self-renewal. Insightful, compassionate, scathing, and moving, Trance is a virtuoso performance, placing Sorrentino in the first rank of American novelists.

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"TRANCE will be placed on the very highest shelf of that art which explains the 20th Century to the 21st." - Jonathan Lethem

"...scathing, gripping and profound, this book is a meditation and a provocation..." - Sam Lipsyte

"TRANCE is a work of startling insight, marvelously and masterfully evoking the grim stuff of true American nightmares." - Colson Whitehead


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Hardback Editions

July 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Trance: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Sorrentino
ISBN: 0-374-27864-4 / 978-0-374-27864-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Trance
Author(s): Christopher Sorrentino
ISBN: 0-09-948498-6 / 978-0-09-948498-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Trance: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Sorrentino
ISBN: 0-312-42531-7 / 978-0-312-42531-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Trance
Author(s): Christopher Sorrentino
ISBN: 0-224-07597-7 / 978-0-224-07597-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Kindle Editions

April 2006 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Trance: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Sorrentino
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon CA