Cover design: Theresa Evangelista

Cover design: Theresa Evangelista


(OUT MAY 22, 2018)

ISBN-13: 978-0425288863

No matter how organized I get my room, my records, my books, no matter how precisely I communicate a thing, or how many arrows point to how many objects, in the end I’m floating through space in a most peculiar way.

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes: his mother has a scar on her face that wasn’t there before; his old dog, who once walked with a limp, is suddenly lithe; his best friend, a lifelong DC Comics disciple, now rotates in the Marvel universe. Subtle behaviors, bits of history, plans for the future—everything in Noah’s world has been rewritten. Everything except his Strange Fascinations…

A stunning, surrealist portrait, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a story about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us.


"The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is an epic wonder that only David Arnold could have dreamed up. You'll marvel at every glowing page as powerhouse Arnold tells a blazing, transporting story of love and history and mystery and more.” —Adam SilveraNew York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End and More Happy Than Not 

"A breathtaking, mind-bending tour de force that probes fate and forgiveness, history of the human connection, and what it means to live. Ambitious, wise, hilarious and yearning, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is David Arnold at his exuberant best.” —Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Picture Us in the Light and Morris Award finalist Conviction

"I am quite frankly in awe of this book. As I read this I kept thinking: Jesus. How did he do that?" —Bill Konigsberg, Award-winning author of The Porcupine of Truth and Honestly Ben

★ "Arnold has written an in-your-face validation of the power of real and honest friendship, guaranteed to mesmerize readers and leave them altered." —Booklist (starred review)

"A compelling exploration of a life within a life." —Kirkus Reviews

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