The Anatomy of Dreams

The Anatomy of Dreams

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Atria paperback edition.
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It's 1998, and Sylvie Patterson, a bookish student at a Northern California boarding school, falls in love with a spirited, elusive classmate named Gabe. Their headmaster, Dr. Adrian Keller, is a charismatic medical researcher who has staked his career on the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming: By teaching his patients to become conscious during sleep, he helps them to relieve stress and heal from trauma. Over the next six years, Sylvie and Gabe become consumed by Keller's work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, California, to the enchanting New England coast. But when an opportunity brings the trio to the Midwest, Sylvie and Gabe stumble into a tangled relationship with their mysterious neighbors-- and Sylvie begins to doubt the ethics of Keller's research, recognizing the harm that can be wrought under the guise of progress. As she navigates the hazy, permeable boundaries between what is real and what isn't, who can be trusted and who cannot, Sylvie also faces surprising developments in herself: an unexpected infatuation, growing paranoia, and a new sense of rebellion. In stirring, elegant prose, Benjamin's tale exposes the slippery nature of trust-- and the immense power of our dreams.
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2014.
Edition: First Atria paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476761169
Branch Call Number: FIC BENJAMI
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 09, 2019

It was captivating, I finished it very quickly and found it difficult to put down, but I'm not sure I enjoyed it. The character felt uptight the whole time which made me uptight, it wasn't a relaxing read. The twist at the end wasn't super surprising, but I expected the book to end happier.

Mar 06, 2016

Don't let the fact that this is a "children's graphic novel" fool you--this is a powerful book that provides an impactful and touching depiction of what it was like to live through one of the most terrible events in human history. It has the ability to affect children and adults alike, and is a nice supplement to the core literature on the subject that is often presented to students. Superb artwork rounds out the package.


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