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The Book of Dreams

A Novel
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Warm, wise, and magical - the latest novel by the best-selling author of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Little French Bistro is an astonishing exploration of the thresholds between life and death.

Henri Skinner is a hardened ex-war reporter on the run from his past. On his way to see his son, Sam, for the first time in years, Henri steps into the road without looking and collides with oncoming traffic. He is rushed to a nearby hospital, where he floats, comatose, between dreams, reliving the fairy tales of his childhood and the secrets that made him run away in the first place.

After the accident, Sam - a 13-year-old synesthete with an IQ of 144 and an appetite for science fiction - waits by his father’s bedside every day. There, he meets Eddie Tomlin, a woman forced to confront her love for Henri after all these years, and 12-year-old Madelyn Zeidler, a coma patient like Henri and the sole survivor of a traffic accident that killed her family. As these four very different individuals fight - for hope, for patience, for life - they are bound together inextricably, facing the ravages of loss and first love side by side.

A revelatory, urgently human story that examines what we consider serious and painful alongside light and whimsy, The Book of Dreams is a tender meditation on memory, liminality, and empathy, asking with grace and gravitas what we will truly find meaningful in our lives once we are gone.

©2019 Nina George (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“An effective exploration of connections that transcend physical boundaries...a poignant story about longing, nostalgia, and the pain of missed opportunities.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"An empathetic and emotionally stunning novel. Never preachy or maudlin, this deep dive into some of life's most haunting questions will appeal to fans of Isabel Allende and Mary Simses." (Booklist)

“Captivating.... This exploration of unfinished relationships has a haunting, evocative quality, and is a perfect, conversation-starting selection for book groups.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Beautiful, moving, precious

it takes about halfway through the book to begin realizing its brilliant meditation on life death and the space in between. Nina George is my new favorite author!

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Fascinating and mind-blowing!

Nina George navigates the unknown realms between life and death as if they were known, leaving me to wonder what is real and not, and where did her research take her for this novel? I learned a lot, felt a LOT and thought a lot, about life, death, sickness, memory, dreams, love, regret...

I feel so completely unqualified to say anything other than that I have loved all of George’s novels and look forward to her next.