Synopses & Reviews
"A novel of classical proportions and virtues...humane and moving."-The Washington Post Book World
"A love story on more than one level, and Ms. Willis does justice to them all. It was only toward the end of the book that I realized how much tension had been generated, how engrossed I was in the characters, how much I cared about their fates."-The New York Times Book Review
For Jeff Johnston, a young historical reseacher for a Civil War novelist, reality is redefined on a bitter cold night near the close of a lingering winter. He meets Annie, an intense and lovely young woman suffering from vivid, intense nightmares. Haunted by the dreamer and her unrelenting dreams, Jeff leads Annie on an emotional odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure. On long-silenced battlefields their relationship blossoms-two obsessed lovers linked by unbreakable chains of history, torn by a duty that could destroy them both. Suspenseful, moving, and highly compelling, Lincolns Dreams is a novel of rare imaginative power.
"Although the tale is inherently sensational, its telling is anything but. The author recounts extraordinary events in a homely, self-effacing prose that occasionally annoyed me: I wanted more fire, more blood, more revelation. But Ms. Willis knows the artful uses of frustration....It was only toward the end of the book that I realized how much tension had been generated, how engrossed I was in the characters, how much I cared about their fates." Gerald Jonas, The New York Times Book Review
"Although there are several places here where sentence structure could be clearer, I still highly recommend this book for adults and YAs for its historical background, as well as for entertaining reading." Lola Teubert, VOYA
"This charming, unpredictable book, with its unforced subtext of more recent wars and their veterans' lingering bad dreams, is an impressive first novel from a talented writer whose short stories have already won acclaim." Publishers Weekly
"A novel of classical proportions and virtues....Human and moving." Washington Post Book World
Haunted by the nightmares of Annie, a young woman he has just met, historical researcher Jeff Johnston leads Annie on an emotional odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure for her troubles.
About the Author
Connie Willis has won major awards for her novels and short stories. Her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other works include Doomsday Book, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Passage, and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Ms. Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family.