Kristin Maloney recently enjoyed The Book of Dreams, the new novel by Nina George, the bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Little French Bistro. This is "a fascinating new novel that explores the thresholds between life and death." Here is Kristin's review:
This story opens by introducing us to Henri Skinner, who is a hardened ex-war journalist on the run from his past. On his way to see his son, Sam, for the first time in many years, Henri steps into the road without looking and collides with oncoming traffic. He is rushed to a nearby hospital where he lays in a coma floating between dreams of his childhood, visons of his deceased father and more recent memories. After the accident, his gifted thirteen-year old son waits by Henri every day at the hospital hoping for his recovery. It’s here that Eddie Tomlin arrives, a woman who has passionately loved Henri for some time. Sam also manages to meet Madelyn, a twelve-year old girl who is also in a coma at the same hospital and begins falling in love with her. The lives of these characters quickly become entwined within a dream state, and he encourages Madelyn to find hope and to fight for life, as together they are bonded by loss and love side by side. This book is deeply emotional and tremendously rewarding as it finds connections between life and death that will leave your mind full with important lessons and even more questions. This story will resonate with you strongly, but is also a tender meditation on memory and empathy. The characters will soon start feeling like family and are sure to stick with you long after the last page is turned. Thus, with her trademark lyrical writing Nina George has given us another masterpiece that is both sad and tragic but also reminds us that we must stay hopeful in this life and beyond.
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