Lincoln's Dreams

Lincoln's Dreams

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"A novel of classical proportions and virtues...humane and moving."--The Washington Post Book World "A love story on more than one level, and Ms. Willis does justice to them all. It was only toward the end of the book that I realized how much tension had been generated, how engrossed I was in the characters, how much I cared about their fates."--The New York Times Book Review For Jeff Johnston, a young historical reseacher for a Civil War novelist, reality is redefined on a bitter cold night near the close of a lingering winter. He meets Annie, an intense and lovely young woman suffering from vivid, intense nightmares. Haunted by the dreamer and her unrelenting dreams, Jeff leads Annie on an emotional odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure. On long-silenced battlefields their relationship blossoms--two obsessed lovers linked by unbreakable chains of history, torn by a duty that could destroy them both. Suspenseful, moving, and highly compelling,Lincoln's Dreamsis a novel of rare imaginative power.
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam, 1987.
ISBN: 9780553051971
Characteristics: 212 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 16, 2013

A good quick read that is out of her usual area of expertise when it comes to history. However, the ending and the completion of the story didn't feel right. Not my favorite novella of hers, but an interesting read nonetheless.

Aug 04, 2012

I love "Blackout" and "All Clear" and a couple of other books by Willis, but I have to say, this did not capture me.

Nov 05, 2011

Fascinating and sad book. Kept me up late a few nights. It's a love story without being 'romantic' or 'sexy.'

Jan 09, 2011

A beautiful story, vivid, haunting, moving.

Oct 28, 2010

Jeff is a researcher for a Civil War-era historical fiction writer. This means he spends his days looking up the history of generals? horses or finding exactly where President Lincoln?s sons are buried. When Jeff meets Annie, the patient of an old friend who works at a sleep institute, everything he knows about history is turned on its head. Annie is having nightmares, terrible dreams about the Civil War. Her doctor thinks they?re a symptom of a psychiatric problem, but Jeff is not convinced: there are details in Annie?s dreams that she couldn?t possibly know. As Jeff and Annie explore Annie?s dreams, they come to believe that they aren?t hers at all?they are the dreams of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Whisking Annie out of the reaches of both the doctor and the history writer, Jeff and fragile, stubborn Annie drive up and down the east coast, alternately visiting and escaping the Civil War sites, and try to find a way to bring both Annie and Lee some measure of peace at last. Along the way, the couple tries to distract themselves with Jeff?s employer?s new book?a historical novel about a simple southern man who finds himself drowning in the horrors of the Civil War. Lincoln?s Dreams is, like all author Connie Willis? books, chock-full of historical details and overflowing with absorbing suspense.

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