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Beautiful Dreamer

(2002)
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In a small Southern town, a white man tries to prevent a lynching and finds himself branded by the mob --- and worse, finds himself sheltering the dead man's son. When the killers come around to finish the job, the two victims are forced to flee across the country in the hopes of escaping men with nothing but vengeance on their minds.

Just one step behind the vigilantes a solitary lawman tracks the men as he wrestles with the choice to either turn the customary blind eye or to put a stop to the intolerable logic of racial hatred. As the point of view moves seamlessly between characters, Christopher Bigsby crafts what Booklist calls a "taut, poetic narrative that has all the hypnotic power of an incantation."

Dark and gritty, Beautiful Dreamer traces the struggle between reluctant good and dedicated evil, where morality is a matter of life or death and the choices made have consequences as lasting as they are unexpected.

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Praise for this book

"A tautly written and almost unbearably suspenseful parable of the tragedy of race relations in a backcountry Tennessee setting of some decades ago. It's a powerful Faulknerian vision made stark and compelling by its spare and pitiless language." - Joyce Carol Oates


Used availability for Christopher Bigsby's Beautiful Dreamer

Hardback Editions

August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beautiful Dreamer: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Bigsby
ISBN: 0-312-35583-1 / 978-0-312-35583-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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March 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Beautiful Dreamer
Author(s): Christopher Bigsby
ISBN: 0-413-76990-9 / 978-0-413-76990-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beautiful Dreamer
Author(s): Christopher Bigsby
ISBN: 1-59722-363-8 / 978-1-59722-363-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beautiful Dreamer
Author(s): Christopher Bigsby
ISBN: 0-413-76980-1 / 978-0-413-76980-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Beautiful Dreamer: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Bigsby
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA