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How the Dead Dream

(2007)
(The first book in the How the Dead Dream series)
A novel by

 
 
T. is a young Los Angeles real estate developer consumed by power and political ambitions. His orderly, upwardly mobile life is thrown into chaos by the sudden appearance of his nutty mother, who's been deserted by T.'s now out-of-the-closet father. After his mother's suicide attempt and two other deaths, T. finds himself increasingly estranged from his latest project: a retirement community in the middle of the California desert. As he juggles family, business, and social responsibilities, T. begins to nurture a curious obsession with vanishing species. Soon he's living a double life, building sprawling subdivisions by day and breaking into zoos at night to be near the animals. A series of calamities forces T. to a tropical island, where he takes a Conrad-esque journey up a river into the remote jungle. Millet's devastating wit, psychological acuity, and remarkable empathy for flawed humankind contend with her vision of a world slowly murdering itself.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"One of my favourite contemporary American writers." - Jonathan Lethem


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Hardback Editions

December 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: How the Dead Dream: A Novel
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 1-59376-184-8 / 978-1-59376-184-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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August 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: How the Dead Dream
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 1-933368-81-0 / 978-1-933368-81-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: How the Dead Dream
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 1-78470-063-0 / 978-1-78470-063-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: How the Dead Dream
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 1-4587-5860-5 / 978-1-4587-5860-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: General Books
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: How the Dead Dream
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-15-603546-4 / 978-0-15-603546-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: How the Dead Dream
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-09-952075-3 / 978-0-09-952075-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: How the Dead Dream
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-434-01840-6 / 978-0-434-01840-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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