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Dreaming Sally

A True Story of First Love, Sudden Death and Long Shadows
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
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Prize-winning author James FitzGerald explores how the death of an 18-year-old girl in the summer of 1968 forever changed his life and the life of the other man who loved her. Dreaming Sally is a deeply moving exploration of the weight of a life cut short.

Sally will die in Europe this summer.

George Orr dreamed that his girlfriend, Sally Wodehouse, would die on the trip she wanted to take, and he begged her not to go. But Sally did not take him seriously - how could she? She left for Europe in July 1968 with 25 other private-school kids, on "The Odyssey", a 60s version of the Grand Tour. In August 1968, only hours after becoming engaged to George via telegram, she died as he had dreamed she would, in a freak accident. 

Sally was George's first love, but she was also James FitzGerald's. James first met Sally at a family cottage; he was drawn to her energy and warmth, a stunning contrast to the chilly emotional life of his own family. At 17, not exactly a hit with the girls, James was delighted when he realized that he'd be spending the summer with his old friend. And soon, even though he knew that Sally had a serious boyfriend back home, they became inseparable, touring the glories of Western culture by day, dancing and drinking the nights away - giddily unshackled from the expectations and requirements of their class and upbringing. 

To George and James, both sons of parents who knew how to make demands of their children but not how to love them, Sally represented all the optimism and promised freedom of the '60s. Her death has haunted both men for 50 years - arresting their development, miring them in grief and unreasoning guilt. Dreaming Sally is a profound and evocative exploration of the long shadow left by an 18-year-old girl, an uncanny story of first love, sudden death, and the complexity of trauma and mourning.

©2018 James FitzGerald (P)2018 Random House Canada

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