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Passageby Connie Willis
Synopses & Reviews
A tunnel, a light, a door. And beyond it...the unimaginable.
Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.
A brilliant young neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright has come up with a way to manufacture the near-death experience using a psychoactive drug. Joanna's first NDE is as fascinating as she imagined — so astounding that she knows she must go back, if only to find out why that place is so hauntingly familiar.
But each time Joanna goes under, her sense of dread begins to grow, because part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid.
Yet just when Joanna thinks she understands, she's in for the biggest surprise of all — a shattering scenario that will keep you feverishly reading until the final climactic page.
"Willis has developed an idea that bears all the authority of a genuine insight: disturbingly plausible, compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately uplifting." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Thoughtful, often fascinating....Willis makes Lander's journeys into the afterworld increasingly frightening and compelling." Chicago Tribune
"A true heir to John Donne, Kurt Gödel and Preston Sturges, a wit with a common touch who's read more great books, and makes better use of them in her work, than two or three lit professors put together." Newsday
"One might say the piece is a) deliberate, or b) slow, depending on the reader's sensibility. I get bored easily with turgid, never-ending prose that has no purpose. Passage mesmerized me for all 600 pages." Edward Bryant, Locus
"The author...continues to expand her storytelling repertoire, achieving new dimensions in subtlety and irony while simultaneously constructing an unforgettable tale of courage and self-sacrifice. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"The book's size and its pace, which may seem glacial at times, should not deter readers....This novel will draw not only science fiction fans, but also those who have wondered about their own passage from this existence into the next." School Library Journal
Multi-award-winning author Willis delivers a story that examines one of the toughest issues of all: death. Part medical thriller, part literary exploration, Willis plunges readers into a bizarre and fascinating world.
About the Author
Connie Willis has won major awards for her novels and short stories. Her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other works include Doomsday Book, Lincoln's Dreams, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory, To Say Nothing of the Dog, and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Ms. Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family.
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