Fever Dream

Fever Dream

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780399184598 (hardback)
0399184597 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: FIC SCHWEBLIN
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: McDowell, Megan - Translator

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A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost st... Read More »

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rclane
Nov 15, 2020

Unexpectedly effective at creating anxiety. It's not exactly horror, but it does seem to have many of the elements of horror. A claustrophobic narrative that defies a simple understanding, at least on the first reading.

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jmartin55
May 27, 2020

This was one of the strangest & most difficult-to-follow books I have ever read. I was underwhelmed, to say the least

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colinepp42
Apr 07, 2020

Weird, eerie, and totally engrossing.

My one question after finishing the book was how reliable was the narrator? I will have to reread and investigate further

ArapahoeAsia Mar 02, 2020

Unputdownable, eerie, and unsettling. To read this novel is to experience a horror story in brief, delirious flashes of memory, unable to know the whole truth. The greatest horror is the revelation that unconditional love can have horrible consequences.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

One of the best parts of doing a challenge like Read Harder is that I realized I need to diversify my reading habits. I rarely, if ever, read books that are not written in English. For the category about a book written and/or translated by a woman, I chose Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. I read it in one sitting because I was so captivated by the story! Schweblin builds tension, and then more tension, so that by the end I was most definitely unsettled. If you enjoy Fever Dream, check out the recently translated short story collection called Mouthful of Birds.

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smatte
Jun 13, 2019

This was a short, harrowing suspense novel that may have different implications for various readers. It is well-written, but its experimentation leaves some situational clarity to be desired.

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Elybrarian
May 23, 2019

What an interesting little novel. I read it in one sitting and thought about it all night. Definitely recommend if you are searching for something out-of-the-ordinary.

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eladbenezra11
Jan 12, 2019

A chilling novel you'll want to finish in one sitting. Fantastic.

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 21, 2018

Let me just say - this book is really weird!
If someone understands it, please explain it to me (ugh!)

DBRL_ChrisS May 10, 2018

If you’ve ever debated the merits of allowing a greenhouse dwelling medicine woman to split your child’s soul in twain so that the child’s body might escape the ravages of a deadly poison, this is apt to be a book you’ll devour. Ditto if your eyebrows and lashes were lost to the scourge of agricultural chemicals.

http://www.dbrl.org/adults/the-gentleman-recommends-samanta-schweblin

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vickiz
May 28, 2017

I see my feet walking and I wonder if I am the one moving them.

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