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Dream Sequence

A Novel

by Adam Foulds

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Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds
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  • Published Jun 2019
    224 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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Adam Foulds, the award-winning author of The Quickening Maze, pens a stunning and terrifying vision of the damage done between a fan and a celebrity in Dream Sequence―where the borders between inner and outer life have been made porous in a world full of flickering screens large and small.

Henry became famous starring in The Grange, a television drama beloved by mothers and wives, and whose fans speak about the characters as though they were real people ... yet Henry dreams of escaping the small screen. An audition for a movie directed by a highly respected Spanish auteur holds the promise of a way forward. Whether holed up in his apartment eating monkish meals of rice and steamed vegetables or snorting cocaine at desert parties in Doha, Henry's awareness of his own image, of his relative place in the world, is acute and constant.

But Henry has also―unwittingly―become an important part of the life of recently divorced Kristin. He appears repeatedly on the television in her beautiful, empty Philadelphia house, and her social media feeds bring news of his London home, his family. What Kristin wants is simply to get as close to him in real life as she has in her fandom.

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"Foulds's novel is fun, smart, and tense, part psychological drama about media-driven obsession and part razor-sharp social critique." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An incisive and disquieting look at the consequences of fame." - Kirkus

"Dream Sequence, is an exquisitely concocted, riveting account of artistic ambition and unrequited love verging on obsession." - The Spectator (UK)

"The dream Adam Foulds weaves in this scintillating novel is gradually revealed, with grace and subtlety, to be an especially timely form of waking nightmare ... Read this book." - John Wray, author of Godsend

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Adam Foulds Author Biography

Adam Foulds was born in 1974, graduated Oxford University, took a creative writing MA at the University of East Anglia, and now lives in South London.

His book-length narrative poem, The Broken Word, was shortlisted for a number of awards, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and won the 2008 Whitbread Costa Poetry Award. His first novel, The Truth About These Strange Times, was published in 2007 and he was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2008. His other works inlude: The Quickening Maze (2009), In the Wolf's Mouth (2014).

In 2013 he was included in the Granta list of 20 best young writers.

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