Imagine Me Gone won the 2017 LA Times Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and was long-listed for the National Book Award.
“Haslett’s latest is a sprawling, ambitious epic about a family bound not only by familial love, but by that sense of impending emergency that hovers around Michael, who has inherited his father John’s abiding depression and anxiety….This is a book that tenderly and luminously deals with mental illness and with the life of the mind…. In Michael, Haslett has created a most memorable character. This is a hypnotic and haunting novel.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Imagine Me Gone is beautiful, it’s terrifying, it’s intimate and epic, and it’s devastating—one of the great books about loss and mourning and the ineluctable laws that govern the political economy of families. I cannot describe the force or the depth of its accomplishment except to say that this magnificent work of art has overwhelmed me and broken my heart. It will take me a long time to come to terms with this novel.”—Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America
“Imagine Me Gone is a beautiful, elegant, harrowing story of the dissonant music of family. Adam Haslett stamps his world with a poignant literary seal. His insight is as lively and as inventive as his language. In his hands the old stories become new. This is a book that makes you eager, once more, for the complications of the world.”—Colum McCann, National Book Award winner for Let the Great World Spin
“Imagine Me Gone is an extraordinary work of art. The family Adam Haslett has created feels as true and as complex as our own actual families are, and lays nearly as deep a claim upon our love and loyalty. The eldest son, Michael, is simply one of the finest characters I’ve ever come across in fiction. This beautiful, tragic novel will haunt you for the rest of your life and you will be all the more human for it.”—Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize winner for Tinkers
“Adam Haslett’s second novel is about family, love, forgotten music, and a despair that proves unbearable, and has one of the most harrowing and sustained descriptions of a mind in obsessive turmoil and disrepair that I’ve ever read. Haslett is a marvelously lucid and intelligent writer.”—Joy Williams, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Quick and the Dead
“Imagine Me Gone is literature of the highest order. It manages to be both dreadfully sad and hilariously funny all at once. It is luminous with love.”—Peter Carey, Man Booker Prize winner for True History of the Kelly Gang