In Between Dreams

In Between Dreams

by Iman Verjee
     
 

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Growing up in a sleepy Canadian town with parents who adore her, it’s difficult to understand why Frances is the way she is. Friendless, manipulative and at times very cruel, she reveres her father, yet resents her mother. Aloof and strange, she is a mystery to all who know her.

Following a disastrous fourteenth birthday, and after her grandmother is found

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Growing up in a sleepy Canadian town with parents who adore her, it’s difficult to understand why Frances is the way she is. Friendless, manipulative and at times very cruel, she reveres her father, yet resents her mother. Aloof and strange, she is a mystery to all who know her.

Following a disastrous fourteenth birthday, and after her grandmother is found dead in the bathtub, Frances is sent away to boarding school. The Academy is an institution rife with teenage rivalry, secret rendezvous and budding friendships. But it is also a place where routines, rules and boundaries are enforced. It is here – alone for the first time – that Frances is forced to confront the true nature of her fallacious, white-picket-fence life.

Intertwined with Frances’s narrative is that of her father, whose own childhood was riddled with secrets and burdens. As the two stories morph into one, we discover the truth about a young girl entering adulthood under the smoky weight of a terrible secret; of a life stolen and rediscovered and the fluid, easily traversed boundary between perversity and normality.

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‘Lyrically written, emotionally explosive, the story of Frances and her father is one that will continue to haunt the reader’s thoughts long after the last page is finished. Verjee tells a story of a fractured family, depicting with empathy both predator and victim, suggesting that true healing and transformation becomes possible only in a world of greater compassion and understanding. Her novel is a testament to the ways our society fails to provide adequate resources to a family in trouble and how that lack of help leads only to a heartbreaking cycle of secrecy, suicide, alienation, and more abuse. On top of that, it is also an astonishing and artful debut by an unusually gifted young writer. ‘ - Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger, Tiger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780743967
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

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