Two Blog readers recommended this bizarre sounding debut novel. Would I read it? Not sure, but in the spirit of  openmindedness and diversification, I'm including WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle on my blog.
"Quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head.” 

 Is that a good thing? Some blog readers think so. 

(Wednesday September 24th,  WOLF IN WHITE VAN was nominated for the National Book Award)

Here's a summary from Bookish.com.

Wolf in White Van

Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of “Trace Italian”—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. 

Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, and are explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called on to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live. 

Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds backward in time until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean’s life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle’s audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling.

Check out author John Darnielle at Wikipedia.com ( You're in for a surprise)

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