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This is How It Really Sounds


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A brilliant, dramatic novel of three men who share the same name and whose lives intersect in fascinating ways.

About the Author

Stuart Archer Cohen lives in Juneau, Alaska with his wife and two children. Two of his previous novels, Invisible World and 17 Stone Angels, have been translated into ten languages; a third, The Army of the Republic, has been optioned for film by Oliver Stone. Cohen has travelled extensively, and owns an international textile company called Invisible World, which trades wool, silk, alpaca and cashmere from China and South America.


"This is How it Really Sounds is a smart, wide-ranging novel about three guys with the same name--a once-famous skier, a washed-up rock star and a disgraced financier--whose lives intersect in a viral video. Stuart Archer Cohen has written a timely and provocative story about money, cultural power, and identity in the digital age." --Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers

"Nothing is quite as it seems in this prismatic thriller of finance-sector greed and client payback, which moves easily from California to China to Alaska, from past to present, from one view of the story to another. This is How it Really Sounds made me forget everything but the need to keep reading. Addictive, highly original, and deeply satisfying." --Nicole Mones, author of Night in Shanghai and The Last Chinese Chef

"An impressive and dramatic novel about three men who share a surname and intertwining fortunes... Anyone who's bet his or her future on Wall Street, strapped on a pair of skis or savored a well-told story will want to read this one." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"This book was perfect for someone like me who is just beginning to experience the "crises" of mid-life. I love each character and all are distinctive yet somehow identifiable with aspects of ourselves. I laughed out loud at the misadventures and startling revelations that our heroes faced. This was an "I can't put it down until it's finished" novel, and will be at the top of my Spring/Summer recommended reads." --Scott DeMarco, Booksellers on Fountain Square

"A hugely entertaining story." --Booklist

"Cohen is skilled at both astute well as focusing on the individual in order to bring in a sense of the broad. Combined with a sense of adventure, and readers are in for a fast-paced, entertaining and timely read." --Asian Review of Books

"From the very beginning... you know you are entering a rare world-one told by an expert storyteller." --Anchorage Press

"Cohen delivers a smart, highly original story, with an ending that will surprise and puzzle in the best of ways." --Alaska Dispatch News

"Profound and sublime, reminding me a bit of David Mitchell . . . and his masterpiece Cloud Atlas." --Paul Woodford, Daily Kos

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