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The Book of Dreams: A Novel (Hardcover)
Better than any other author, George moves her brilliant characters from the depths of darkness and despair, back into the light, always along the path of love. The novel begins with Henri, a former war correspondent. On the day he is to meet his only son, Sam, for the first time, he is involved in an accident that puts him into a severe coma. A former lover, Eddie, who has been out of his life for years, is surprised to be listed as his medical guardian. The story unfolds from there. Through amazing imagery and deft storytelling, we are moved to explore whether there are do-overs. Could there be parallel stories with unending possibilities? Can healing occur on other planes of consciousness? At its core, this novel is an examination of the transcendent power of love.— From Jane
Warm, wise, and magical—the latest novel by the bestselling 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 fairytales of his childhood and the secrets that made him run away in the first place.
After the accident, Sam—a thirteen-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 twelve-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.
About the Author
NINA GEORGE is the author of the bestselling international phenomenon The Little Paris Bookshop, as well as numerous other books that have been published around the world. She also works as a journalist, and advocate for writer and women’s rights. She lives with her husband in Berlin and Brittany, France.
Praise for The Book of Dreams:
“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
Praise for The Little Paris Bookshop:
New York Times Bestseller
"If you're looking to be charmed right out of your own life for a few hours, sit down with this wise and winsome novel...Everything happens just as you want it to... from poignant moments to crystalline insights in exactly the right measure." —Oprah.com
"The settings are ideal for a summer-romance read...Who can resist floating on a barge through France surrounded by books, wine, love, and great conversation?" —Christian Science Monitor
"[A] bona fide international hit." —New York Times Book Review
"A story that reflects all the romance and sweetness of Paris itself." —San Francisco Book Review
"The Little Paris Bookshop is an enchantment...the next best thing to booking a trip to France." —Sarah Pekkanen, author of Catching Air