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.
I love "Blackout" and "All Clear" and a couple of other books by Willis, but I have to say, this did not capture me.
Fascinating and sad book. Kept me up late a few nights. It's a love story without being 'romantic' or 'sexy.'
A beautiful story, vivid, haunting, moving.
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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