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Lost in Arcadia: A Novel by [Gandert, Sean]
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From the Editor

This audacious and thought-provoking literary novel is not merely entertaining—though it is certainly that, with both humor and heartbreak in spades—it is also important, and I could not be more excited to introduce this work and its debut author to the world.

At its core, Lost in Arcadia tells the story of a broken family, but it’s how it tells that story that makes it the most remarkable novel I’ve had the privilege to edit. First, it sets the drama of a mother and her three children in search of their vanished husband and father in an imagined near-future United States, circa 2037, when certain contemporary trends have matured along their logical paths. Video gaming and social media have merged and evolved. Corporations enjoy better-than-full citizenship. A border wall bristles along the entire length of the southern United States. If this world is not our own, it may only differ in that it’s not our own just yet.

But what elevates this novel to one of those handful-in-a-lifetime kind of reading experiences is the symphony of voices through which it portrays nine months of the Reyes family’s wrenching search for human connection in a world where everything is cheapened and mediated. Mirroring this world, the book intersperses news stories, chat-room banter, stream of consciousness, email messages, and chapters told only in dialogue.

Granted, Lost in Arcadia is decidedly not for the faint of art. It will confound some readers, get under the skin of others, and cause still others to fall deeply in love. And for some, like me, it will elicit all these reactions and more. I’ll be talking about this astounding novel for years.

- Jason Kirk, Editor


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“Sean Gandert has written an impressive first novel. It has a rare combination of vision and heart—not to mention a funny, scary dystopia that is both impressively imagined and dismayingly plausible.” —Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

“Sean Gandert's new book is a must-read, a gotta-read book, a go out and buy the damn thing. Once you buy it, share it, carry it in your backpack and tell your friends about it, you're not going to get this kind of book in school, this is way ahead of school books, it dips into real life, it dives into the underworld of our feelings and holds you there, until you discover the pearls…” —Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of A Place to Stand

“This novel is like if Sword Art Online and Stranger Things had a child, just so it could tell you a story about the future. This brilliant novel is about how what we love about games can become what we fear about the world, without our noticing, until it is done. Prescient, funny, smart, a story to disappear into and come out the other side.” —Alexander Chee, Whiting Award winner and author of The Queen of the Night

“A fascinating and ambitious first novel by a very talented writer.…An indispensable read.” —Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima

About the Author

Sean Gandert was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. A freelance writer and college English instructor, Sean’s reviews and interviews have appeared in Paste magazine and other publications. An avid gamer, Sean currently resides in Florida with his partner and their three cats.


Product details

  • File Size: 3967 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (July 1, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NBB6OMR
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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