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In this hypnotic literary debut, a young couple is recruited by their magnetic boarding school headmaster to assist in a controversial sleep study, revealing the slippery nature of trust—and the immense power of our dreams.

Sylvie is attending boarding school in Northern California when she falls for Gabe, a fellow student whose mischievousness and insatiable curiosity make him Sylvie’s polar opposite. When he leaves school with no explanation, Sylvie is too blindsided and heartbroken to investigate, but she is never fully able to move on.

Years later, Sylvie is living a new life in college when Gabe comes to find her, and the reasons behind his disappearance begin to emerge. Gabe has become an assistant to Dr. Adrian Keller, their old headmaster, known for his innovative research in the field of lucid dreaming. Keller has been performing experiments on people who suffer from debilitating sleep disorders, training them to recognize when they are dreaming and to become active participants in their sleep worlds. In doing so, he hopes to endow them with much-needed self-knowledge—and the capacity for intervention.

Cautious but elated to be reunited with Gabe, Sylvie signs on to help with the study. But when patient studies go dangerously awry and former participants spiral out of control, even Sylvie begins to lose her grip on reality. What if our sleeping selves are somehow more real, she wonders, than who we are in waking life? Can she really trust Gabe? If Gabe had to choose, would his loyalty lie with her or Keller?

That’s when she finds a hidden file in Keller’s office. Suddenly, all of the unanswered questions and irreconcilable moments shift into place. As she struggles to navigate 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.

Synopsis:

Long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

“A sly, promising and ambitious debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“Chloe Benjamin is a great new talent.” —Lorrie Moore, author of Bark: Stories

It’s 1998, and Sylvie Patterson, a bookish student at a Northern California boarding school, falls in love with a spirited, elusive classmate named Gabe. 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 helps them to relieve stress and heal from trauma. Over the next six years, Sylvie and Gabe become consumed by Keller’s work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, California, to the enchanting New England coast.

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, recognizing the harm that can be wrought under the guise of progress. 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.

In stirring, elegant prose, Benjamin’s tale exposes the slippery nature of trust—and the immense power of our dreams.

Synopsis:

“Human beings are more productive than ever before, but they’re also unhappier. They feel oppressed by the limits of their lives: the boredom, the repetition, the fatigue. What if you could use your sleep to do more—to receive all of the traditional regenerative benefits while problem-solving, healing, even experiencing alternate worlds? Wouldn’t you be capable of extraordinary things?”

So asks Dr. Adrian Keller, a charismatic medical researcher who has staked his career on the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming. Keller is headmaster of a boarding school in Northern California where Sylvie Patterson, a student, falls in love with a spirited classmate named Gabe. Over the next six years, Gabe and Sylvie become increasingly involved in Keller’s work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, California to the New England coast. But when a new opportunity brings the trio to Wisconsin, Sylvie begins to doubt the ethics of Keller's controversial research, fearing dangerous consequences. 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.

Marking the arrival of a tremendous new talent, this hypnotic literary debut reveals the slippery nature of trust—and the immense power of our dreams.

About the Author

Chloe Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her MFA in fiction. She is a recipient of the Sally Mead Hands Award for fiction writing and the Dorothy D. Bailey Summer Prize Fellowship, and her work has appeared in PANK, The Washington Independent Review of BooksThe Laurel ReviewPebble Lake ReviewTar River PoetryWhiskey IslandVerse Wisconsin, and Devil’s Lake, among others. She has taught creative writing and freshmen composition at UW-Madison and Edgewood College. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she works for a nonprofit, runs a writing workshop for preteen girls, and writes in the hours in between.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476761169
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Benjamin, Chloe
Author:
Benjamin, Chloe Krug
Publisher:
Atria Books
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Psychological
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Subject:
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lucid dreaming; the secret history; donna tartt; lorrie moore; a gate at the stairs; debut novel; coming of age story; novel freud; novel with psychology theme; boarding school novel; the goldfinch; talented young writers; emerging writers; literary ficti
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20140916
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Pages:
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"Synopsis" by , Long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

“A sly, promising and ambitious debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“Chloe Benjamin is a great new talent.” —Lorrie Moore, author of Bark: Stories

It’s 1998, and Sylvie Patterson, a bookish student at a Northern California boarding school, falls in love with a spirited, elusive classmate named Gabe. 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 helps them to relieve stress and heal from trauma. Over the next six years, Sylvie and Gabe become consumed by Keller’s work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, California, to the enchanting New England coast.

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, recognizing the harm that can be wrought under the guise of progress. 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.

In stirring, elegant prose, Benjamin’s tale exposes the slippery nature of trust—and the immense power of our dreams.

"Synopsis" by , “Human beings are more productive than ever before, but they’re also unhappier. They feel oppressed by the limits of their lives: the boredom, the repetition, the fatigue. What if you could use your sleep to do more—to receive all of the traditional regenerative benefits while problem-solving, healing, even experiencing alternate worlds? Wouldn’t you be capable of extraordinary things?”

So asks Dr. Adrian Keller, a charismatic medical researcher who has staked his career on the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming. Keller is headmaster of a boarding school in Northern California where Sylvie Patterson, a student, falls in love with a spirited classmate named Gabe. Over the next six years, Gabe and Sylvie become increasingly involved in Keller’s work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, California to the New England coast. But when a new opportunity brings the trio to Wisconsin, Sylvie begins to doubt the ethics of Keller's controversial research, fearing dangerous consequences. 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.

Marking the arrival of a tremendous new talent, this hypnotic literary debut reveals the slippery nature of trust—and the immense power of our dreams.

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