Lydia Millet How the Dead Dream

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How the Dead Dream

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An only child in a typical middle-American family, T is unusual only in his interest in, and talent for, making money. As his peers go through teen crises, T accumulates, and turns himself into a successful businessman. But T's material life begins to change after he adopts a dog, meets a girl, and takes his mother in after she splits up with his father. But when events conspire to leave T isolated again he starts to lose faith in people and civilisation and turns to nature instead, developing a strange and powerful obsession with endangered animals...

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Published in hardcover by Counterpoint, 2007, 978-1-59376-184-4/1-59376-184-8

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"[I] just read How the Dead Dream and was completely transported. Two months later it still occupies the spot of the best book I’ve read since the last time I read a book so good." --Jonathan Lethem

As a wealthy, young real-estate developer in Los Angeles, T. lives an isolated life. He has always kept his distance from people — from his doting mother to his crass fraternity brothers — but remains unaware of his loneliness until one night, while driving to Las Vegas, he hits a coyote on the highway.  The experience unnerves him and inspires a spiritual transformation that leads T. to question his financial pursuits for the first time in his life, to finally take a chance at falling in love, and to begin sneaking into the local zoo, where he finds solace in the presence of endangered species. A beautiful, heart-wrenching tale, How the Dead Dream is also a riveting commentary on community in the modern suburban landscape and how the lives of animals are affected by it.  "The writing is always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself." —Salon.com  "How the Dead Dream is a quirky, discursive portrait of one man’s evolving consciousness about success, love, kinship, and planetary responsibility. [A] provocative odyssey." —Boston Sunday Globe

Lydia Millet is the author of five previous novels, most recently the acclaimed Oh Pure and Radiant Heart. The recipient of the PEN-USA Award for Fiction, she is an essayist and screenwriter as well as a novelist and lives with her husband, conservationist Kieran Suckling, and their daughter.

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