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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

From the acclaimed Booker Prize-winning author comes a dazzling novel of family, love and love's disappointments --- a poignant mother-daughter story and a meditation on aging parents.

Anna's aged mother is dying. Condemned by her children's pity to living, subjected to increasingly desperate medical interventions, she turns her focus to her hospital window, through which she escapes into visions of horror and delight. When Anna's finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. She begins to see that all around her, others are similarly vanishing, yet no one else notices. All Anna can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into an eerily beautiful story of grief and possibility, of loss and love and orange-bellied parrots.

Hailed on publication in Australia as Richard Flanagan's greatest novel yet, THE LIVING SEA OF WAKING DREAMS is a rising ember storm illuminating what remains when the inferno beckons: one part elegy, one part dream, one part hope.

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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
by Richard Flanagan

  • Publication Date: April 26, 2022
  • Genres: Dystopian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 0593313704
  • ISBN-13: 9780593313701