Synopses & Reviews
From the acclaimed author of Men in Black
and The Rich Man's Table
, this compelling novel introduces us to Fielding and Sarah, a couple who may or may not be separated by death, whose love might, indeed, even triumph over death itself.
Fielding Pierce is an aspiring congressman, Brooklyn-born and Harvard-educated, whose single-minded focus on the future of his career is derailed by a vision from the past: Sarah. An idealistic young activist, she had been reported dead in a politically motivated car bombing five years earlier but now, Fielding hears Sarah's voice on the phone. He sees her, leaving a crowded restaurant. He feels her...but is it Sarah in the flesh who haunts him, or the spirit of Sarah within? A breathtaking story from "a magnificent writer" (New Republic), Waking the Dead is a tale that is as difficult to forget as true love itself.
"First-rate...treat yourself to the very considerable pleasure of reading Waking The Dead." The Chicago Sun-Times
"[P]owerful, complex, fascinating, passionate....This reads as if he aspired to do much more than merely write a successful and profitable novel to write a work of fiction that will edge the human race just a fraction farther along the road to self-knowledge." Fay Weldon, The New York Times Book Review
"[E]xamines the place of intense romantic commitment in the modern world. But while [Endless Love] skillfully danced around the pitfalls of sentimental cliche, this one jumps in with both feet. Waking the Dead is about as profound as a made-for-TV movie, and of similar literary merit." Library Journal
"In Endless Love, Spencer wrote lyrically and compellingly about love at its most extreme passion as obsession. In Waking The Dead, he brings the same fervor to a story about the struggle to live ethically in a corrupt world." New York Magazine
"This is a more sophisticated undertaking than Endless Love. Spencer has tackled social maladies drugs, prostitution, single parenthood and has written a story about politics as well as about obsession. But first-person narrators are inherently limited, and Fielding's problem makes it worse: he's hopelessly solipsistic....Spencer tries too hard both to sustain his reputation as a popular novelist and to earn recognition as a serious writer." The New Republic
Fielding Price keeps seeing Sarah everywhere did she survive the car bombing, or is he losing his mind?