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The Anatomy of Dreams

(2014)
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Discover the award-winning debut novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists, a "majestic collision of sci-fi thriller and love story" (Bustle) about a young woman struggling with questions of love, trust, and ethics as the line between dreams and reality dangerously blurs.

When Sylvie Patterson, a bookish student at a Northern California boarding school, falls in love with a spirited, elusive classmate named Gabe, they embark on an experiment that changes their lives. 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 believes he can relieve stress and trauma. Over the next six years, Sylvie and Gabe become consumed by Keller's work, following him across the country.

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. 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.

With stirring, elegant prose, "Chloe Benjamin has crafted an eerie, compelling first novel which, like the lingering effects of a vivid dream, resonates long past its finish" (Karen Brown, The Longings of Wayward Girls).

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A vibrant, ambitious novel that wrestles with the big complexities of early adulthood—the impossibility of fully knowing a partner, the quixotic desire for meaningful work, and the surprisingly sudden nature of obsession. Chloe Benjamin’s impressive debut shimmers and surprises with its wonderfully original fusion of compelling quirk and surreal mystery." - Dean Bakopoulos

"A beautiful, haunting plunge into a mysterious world where the real and the dream are cleverly blurred. Sylvie’s story drew me in from the first, and the subtle menace kept me turning pages to its surprising conclusion. Chloe Benjamin has crafted an eerie, compelling first novel which, like the lingering effects of a vivid dream, resonates long past its finish." - Karen Brown

"A debut novel of subtlety, depth, intrigue and tenderness." - Lorrie Moore

"Chloe Benjamin's ambitious debut novel matches the subtle surrealism of a dream with the underpinnings of a thriller. Back and forth in time like so many memories coming to light at once, Benjamin has produced a wholly original tale." - Emma Straub


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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Anatomy of Dreams: From the bestselling author of THE IMMORTALISTS
Author(s): Chloe Benjamin
ISBN: 1-4722-6132-1 / 978-1-4722-6132-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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September 2018 : Paperback
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Title: The Anatomy of Dreams: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Benjamin
ISBN: 1-982105-03-8 / 978-1-982105-03-7
Publisher: Atria Books
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September 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Anatomy of Dreams: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Benjamin
ISBN: 1-4767-6116-7 / 978-1-4767-6116-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

July 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Anatomy of Dreams: From the bestselling author of THE IMMORTALISTS
Author(s): Chloe Benjamin
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Anatomy of Dreams: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Benjamin
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA