Synopses & Reviews
Fiction. For Lela White, a Houston sleep lab technician, sleep doesn't come easy—there's a price to be paid for a poor night's sleep, and she's the judge, jury, and executioner. Everyone around Lela considers her a private woman with a passion for her lab work. But nighttime reveals her for what she is: a woman on a critical secret mission. Lela lives in the grip of a mental disorder that compels her to break into astronauts' homes to ensure they can sleep well and believes that by doing so, she keeps the revitalized U.S. space program safe from fatal accidents. What began at the age of ten when her mother confessed to blowing up the space shuttle has evolved into Lela's life's work. She dreads the day when an astronaut doesn't pass her testing, but she's prepared to kill for the greater good.
"Lela White is an insomniac whose tragic history has left her obsessed with astronauts. Believing sleep deprivation leads to launch accidents, she breaks into the bedrooms of astronauts to monitor them and, if necessary for the safety of the space program, kill those who don't sleep soundly. Annoying co-worker Trina Shook insists on moving in with Lela after a tornado damages Trina's house, and when Lela becomes entangled with visiting Russian cosmonaut Zory Korchagin, these two relationships accelerate her madness. Convinced of her righteousness, she is blind to any hint that she herself is the wrong note in her world until it is far too late. Wolverton has taken some liberties with details of the space program, but the primary fantastic elements are the symptoms of Lela's increasingly dubious grasp on reality; this work is less horror or fantasy than a skillful mainstream examination of a psychotic woman's final descent into insanity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Nicole Wolverton is a freelance writer from the Philadelphia area. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, and Penduline, among others. THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS is her debut novel. When Nicole isn't writing, you can find her on the Schuylkill River paddling with the Philadelphia Flying Phoenix women's dragon boat team, sky diving over New Jersey, or digging around in her gardens. She is founder of Farm to Philly, a website focused on eating locally grown foods and sustainable living. She attended Temple University.