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  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241972885
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

Imagine Me Gone

Hugely ambitious and richly human, the story of a family coping with the terrible legacy of tragedy.

Universal and essential, the heart-breaking story of an ordinary American family shaped by tragedy
Michael is a precocious kid, smart and funny, obsessed with books and music.
His sister Celia is the sensible one in the family: tougher than the boys, unshakeably certain about how the world works.
And then there's Alec, the most ambitious and also the most sensitive, growing up in the shadow of his older siblings.
While all three are still young, the course of their lives is changed forever. In a family marked by tragedy, Michael, Celia and Alec struggle for years to save one another from the destructive legacy of guilt.
Weaving together the voices of five family members, Adam Haslett imagines how a single event can define many lives, unfolding a rich and painful novel that has all the makings of an American classic.

  • Pub date: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241972885
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Adam Haslett

Adam Haslett is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and winner of a Michener Fellowship. He is the author of the highly acclaimed short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here?, published by Cape in 2002.

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Praise for Imagine Me Gone

“Dreadfully sad and hilariously funny. Literature of the highest order”

Peter Carey

“A tour de force of manic brilliance, both zealously funny and painfully sad”

Financial Times

“Exceptional, haunting, so convincing, so perceptive and well executed”

Sunday Times

“Beautiful, captivating, funny, heartbreaking”


“Sweeps the reader into its characters' worlds. Might be the best American novel about a middle-class family since Franzen's The Corrections”


“Raw, tender, hilarious, dazzling”

Daily Mail

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