Fever dream

by Schweblin, Samanta, 1978-

Format: Large Print 2017
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Shaler North Hills Library Large Print LARGE PRINT SCHWEBLIN
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A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother, he's not her child - but, together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time; Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Schweblin's first novel tells a frenetic, unnerving tale. A young mother, Amanda, is afflicted by a sudden illness and accepts that death is imminent. As she waits in her hospital bed, she hears the hovering voice of a young boy, David, who guides her as she recounts the events leading to her current dire situation. After arriving at a rural vacation home with her daughter, Nina, Amanda strikes up a friendship with their alluring neighbor, Carla, a local who is revealed to be David's mother. Carla shares with Amanda an unusual story about her son and her efforts to save him after he was poisoned. Amanda, at first dubious, becomes increasingly troubled by both mother and son and makes plans to cut their vacation short and return home. But things go awry when Amanda decides to bid Carla farewell. Schweblin's sparse narrative, both familiar and mysterious, quickly grows in intensity as the hazy whispers of self-doubt and death itself descend. A thought-provoking story that provides ample opportunity for readers to grapple with its unanswered questions.--Strauss, Leah Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her pulsating debut, Schweblin tells the story of Amanda, a young mother dying in a hospital, who talks to a neighborhood boy, David, as he sits by her bedside. David has Amanda recount the events leading up to her sudden illness-in search of, as he says, "the worms" that caused her ailment-and the result is a swirling narrative packed with dream logic and bizarre coincidences, where souls shift from sick bodies to healthy hosts and poisonous toxins seep under the skin upon contact with the grass. As Amanda and her daughter, Nina, try to settle in at their vacation home away from the city, they become entangled with Carla, David's mother, who appears at random intervals and spins wild tales of her son. After a frightening encounter with David, Amanda throws Carla and the boy out of her home, yet before long, the trio of women are reunited, and from her future hospital bed, a semilucid Amanda tries to remember how this meeting resulted in her death spiral. Powered by an unreliable narrator-is Amanda imagining David by her side?-Schweblin guides her reader through a nightmare scenario with amazing skill. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher Thorndike, Maine :Center Point Large Print,2017
Edition Center Point Large Print edition.
Other Titles Núcleo del disturbio.
Contributors McDowell, Megan, translator.
Language English
Translated from the Spanish.
Notes Translation of: Núcleo del disturbio.
Description 127 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781683244042
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