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The Red Arrow

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When a once-promising young writer agrees to ghostwrite a famous physicist's memoir, his livelihood is already in jeopardy: Plagued by debt, he's grown distant from his wife and is haunted by an overwhelming sense of dread he describes as "The Mist." Then, things get worse: The physicist vanishes, leaving everything in limbo, including our narrator's sanity.

"Among the most accurate and insightful depictions of depression I've ever read." --Los Angeles Times

"Brewer's earnest description of psilocybin therapy turns a bravura comic novel into something deeper and stranger: an account of unexpected, hard-won joy." --Vogue

In an attempt rid himself of "The Mist," the young writer undergoes an experimental, psychedelic treatment and finds his world completely transformed: Joy suffuses every moment. For the first time, he understands himself in a larger, universal context, and feels his life shift, refract, and crack open to reveal his past and future alike.

Moving swiftly from a chemical spill in West Virginia to Silicon Valley, from a Brooklyn art studio to a high-speed train racing across the Italian countryside, The Red Arrow wades into the shadowy depths of the human psyche only to emerge, as if speeding through a mile-long tunnel, into a world that is so bright and wondrous, it almost feels completely new.

ISBN-13: 9780593314432

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 04-11-2023

Pages: 272

Product Dimensions: 7.90h x 5.20w x 0.90d

WILLIAM BREWER is the author of I Know Your Kind, a winner of the National Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Best American Poetry series. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He lives in Oakland.