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)
PRAISE FOR PEARL
"Bigsby demonstrates a flair for the light touch .... well-told, imaginative."
"Alive with energy and invention"
-- Mail on Sunday (UK)
PRAISE FOR HESTER
"Bigsby has captured the mood of THE SCARLET LETTER precisely. Like Hawthorne, Bigsby uses symbolism, foreshadowing, and several fierce inner battles to set the gothic tone of this story. Hester is a mesmerizing book, leaving one with a taste for more. Many readers will want to read (or reread) THE SCARLET LETTER upon finishing this amazing work." -- Booklist