And yes, he is the son of Sue Little, the owner.
The Revelations, not unlike its main character, is ambitious and abrasive, challenging and disarming. Bursting with ideas, ranging from Greek mythology to the dark realities of animal testing, to some of the biggest unanswered questions facing scientists today, The Revelations is written in muscular, hypnotic prose, and its cyclically dreamlike structure pushes the boundaries of literary fiction. Erik Hoel has crafted a stunning debut of rare power—an intense look at cutting-edge science, consciousness, and human connection.
"I have been writing and reading daily for decades, and I have never read anything like Erik Hoel's remarkable debut novel. . . . The Revelations is a deeply compelling, thought-provoking, and frankly, unforgettable work, one that heralds the arrival of an important new voice among us."
-Andre Dubus III / bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog
"Sex. Death. Rioting in the streets and agressive self-lobotomy: brains in vats and the nature of consciousness itself. Dense, literary, and hallucinogenic, The Revelations is an impassioned argument over beers and amphetamines. It will be stuck in my brain for some time to come -- Peter Watts, Hugo-winning author of Blindsight and Starfish
"Erik Hoel has crafted an audacious literary thriller. The Revelations is hilarious and deeply serious, heady and carnal and intellectual, all at once --Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse
"In this wild and lyrical debut, Erik Hoel merges the dark prescience of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with the feverish writing of David Foster Wallace, creating a neon-colored cocktail of sci fi, murder mystery, and love story that is wholly of the twenty-first century. I'll never think about the brain -- or New York City! -- the same way again." -- Katie Bolick, bestselling author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
Erik Hoel, a graduate of Triton High School, received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. He is currently a research assistant professor at Tufts University and was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the NeuroTechnology Lab, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is a 2018 Forbes “30 under 30 most important people in science in the U.S.” for his neuroscientific research on consciousness and also a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow.
Here and now I am in this place far away from my home. Here, with the cold wind blowing down from the north and the stars piercing through the cloudless sky. Here I am.
But my story does not start here.
My story starts months ago and hundreds of miles south of where I am now. My story starts in the place I used to call home. My story starts with violence and heartbreak.
After her brother is involved in a grisly murder-suicide, fifteen-year-old Laney is sent to live with her grandmother in the Adirondack Mountains. Laney gradually warms to her new home--especially her relationship with a mysterious neighbor--but before she can appreciate her new life, she must uncover the secrets that have haunted her family for decades.
Myfanwy Collins was born in Montreal but moved to the Adirondack Mountains in New York when she was still a child. She has since lived all over New England and worked as a waitress, a bartender, a nanny, a chambermaid, a clerk, a high school English teacher, a secretary, a ghost writer, and a traveling worker with Cirque du Soleil. She is the author of a novel, Echolocation, and a collection of short stories, I Am Holding Your Hand.