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Crown Publishing Group, Summer 2019

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A Novel
By (author): Blake Crouch
9781524759780 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Technological Jun 11, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.39 x 9.53 x 1.11 in 336 pages Crown
What if someone could rewrite your entire life?

“My son has been erased.” Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop.

Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to reexperience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift—the ability not just to preserve memories but to remake them…at the risk of destroying what it means to be human.

At once a relentless thriller and an intricate science fiction puzzle box, Recursion is a deeply felt exploration of the flashbulb moments that define us—and who we are without them.

FOLLOW-UP TO A SMASH HIT: Dark Matter was a New York Times bestseller and has sold more than 400,000 copies to date. It continues to move at an impressive clip, thanks to incredible ongoing bookseller support and thousands of five-star consumer reviews.

DELIVERS FOR FANS: As he did in Dark Matter, here Blake tackles a classic science fiction trope in his own brilliant fashion, playing with themes of identity and nostalgia in ways you’ll never see coming—while keeping the story feeling grounded, approachable, and surprisingly heartfelt. It’s another cinematic, mind-bending, brilliantly plotted thriller as only Blake can deliver.

SUCCESS TO BUILD ON: Prior to Dark Matter, Blake’s Wayward Pines trilogy (published by Thomas & Mercer) had sold more than a million ebook copies—but physical distribution and media coverage were both extremely limited. With Dark Matter, we successfully introduced Blake’s work to hardcover readers and reviewers alike, and are positioned to keep building him into a true franchise name.

HOLLYWOOD BUZZ: Rights to Recursion sold to Netflix in a multistudio auction, with mega-producer Shonda Rhimes and director Matt Reeves developing both a feature film and a TV series around it.

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His novels include the New York Times bestseller Dark Matter and the internationally bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. Crouch also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado.

Author Residence: Durango, CO

Marketing: Extensive digital advertising campaign

Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @BlakeCrouch1 and Facebook @BlakeCrouchAuthor

Targeted buzz mailings 

Promotion at key fan conventions

Enrollment in early reviewer programs

Features on 

Library marketing

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @blakecrouch1

Praise for Dark Matter:

“A mindblowing sci-fi/suspense/love story mashup.” —Entertainment Weekly

“The most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you’ll read all year, with a clever, mind-boggling final twist.”—The Guardian

“Relatable and unnerving…makes its characters—and readers—wonder what life would have been like had they made different decisions.”—USA Today

“A portal into other dimensions of reality…you’ll gulp it down in one afternoon, or more likely one night.”—New York Times Book Review

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