Monday 16 January 2017

Book Review: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Title: Fever Dream
Author: Samanta Schweblin
Publisher: One World Publications
Publication Date: 2 March 2017
Pages: 160
Format: EBook - EPUB
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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.

The two seem anxious and, at David’s ever more insistent prompting, Amanda recounts a series of events from the apparently recent past. As David pushes her to recall whatever trauma has landed her in her terminal state, he unwittingly opens a chest of horrors, and suddenly the terrifying nature of their reality is brought into shocking focus.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Fever Dream was a fascinating read. It took me a few pages to get into the narrative style (which alternates a dream/fevered conversation with memories of past events), but once I adjusted to it, I stopped noticing the jumps. This is not a traditional narrative, where the point of the story is clear, but if you enjoy immersing yourself in dream-like, stream-of-consciousness tales that are more psychological, this could well be the book for you. As a novella, I read it in a single sitting, and it certainly left me with plenty to think about after I closed the final page.

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