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Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful Dreamer

A Novel

Christopher Bigsby

Thomas Dunne Books



In a small Southern town, a white man tries to prevent a lynching and finds himself branded by the mob --- and worse, finds himself sheltering the dead man's son. When the killers come around to finish the job, the two victims are forced to flee across the country in the hopes of escaping men with nothing but vengeance on their minds.

Just one step behind the vigilantes a solitary lawman tracks the men as he wrestles with the choice to either turn the customary blind eye or to put a stop to the intolerable logic of racial hatred. As the point of view moves seamlessly between characters, Christopher Bigsby crafts what Booklist calls a "taut, poetic narrative that has all the hypnotic power of an incantation."

Dark and gritty, Beautiful Dreamer traces the struggle between reluctant good and dedicated evil, where morality is a matter of life or death and the choices made have consequences as lasting as they are unexpected.


Praise for Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful Dreamer is stylistically brilliant, and pitilessly gripping. I read it almost ferociously, fearing and anticipating its inevitable conclusion.” —LOUIS DE BERNIERES, author of Birds Without Wings and Corelli’s Mandolin

“An attractive and engaging tale.” —DORIS LESSING, author of The Golden Notebook

“Christopher Bigsby's Beautiful Dreamer is a tautly written and almost unbearably suspenseful parable of the tragedy of race relations in a backcountry Tennessee setting of some decades ago. It's a powerful Faulknerian vision made stark and compelling by its spare and pitiless language.” —Joyce Carol Oates

“In the pages of this slim, fierce book lies a gripping tale of race and revenge executed with such lyrical intensity that I found it almost impossible to put down. Beautiful Dreamer invites the reader to both think and feel and amply rewards both. An immensely satisfying novel.” —MARGOT LIVESEY, author of Banishing Verona

Beautiful Dreamer ... has a tragic tension that recalls Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.” —Esquire (UK)

“A timeless morality tale of humans battling against their worst instincts to free their better nature. ... Told through multiple narrators, it is taut and exciting as a thriller and yet deeper and more poetic.... This short book goes far beyond genre exercise to touch the decency that lies within, well, almost all of us.” —The Times (UK)

“Beautifully, colloquially written... The climax is real edge-of-the-seat stuff.” —The Bookseller (UK)

“His writing, often stark, perfectly reflects the hearts and minds of the central characters.... Extremely readable and hugely exciting.” —Good Book Guide (UK)

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Christopher Bigsby

CHRISTOPHER BIGSBY runs the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies at the University of East Anglia in England and the Arthur Miller Centre International Writers Festival. He is the author of three novels and several works of criticism.

Christopher Bigsby

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Thomas Dunne Books

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