2005 National Book Awards Finalist

Christopher Sorrentino

Trance by Christopher Sorrentino Christopher Sorrentino


Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Photo credit: Greg Martin

About the Book

Based on the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst, a vivid re-imagining of the consciousness of the perpetrators, the victims, and the law enforcement agents who pursued the case.

About the Author

Trance is Christopher Sorrentino’s second novel. His first novel was Sound on Sound. He has contributed fiction, essays, and criticism to a variety of publications, including The Baffler, Bookforum and Conjunctions. He is a contributor to Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers: Writers on Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Judges' Citation

Trance is a fever dream in which magical thinking masquerades as privileged knowledge, hateful indifference as motherly love, and a presidency effortlessly collapsed into the blackest of comedy routines. Within Sorrentino's crazed Looking Glass, a sentimental Alice loses her head to exquisitely dysfunctional visionaries. Blinded and entranced, she—like the oblivious proletariat who are targeted for liberation—is the first to suffer collateral damage. The humor, irrepressible, is devastating, the voices pitch-perfect, the novel's moral focus admirably sustained. A luminous cautionary tale.