Fever Dream

Fever Dream

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. The author creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399184598
Branch Call Number: SCHWEBL
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: McDowell, Megan


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I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys weird and unusual fiction

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Nov 15, 2020

Unexpectedly effective at creating anxiety. It's not exactly horror, but it does seem to have many of the elements of horror. A claustrophobic narrative that defies a simple understanding, at least on the first reading.

May 27, 2020

This was one of the strangest & most difficult-to-follow books I have ever read. I was underwhelmed, to say the least

Apr 07, 2020

Weird, eerie, and totally engrossing.

My one question after finishing the book was how reliable was the narrator? I will have to reread and investigate further

ArapahoeAsia Mar 02, 2020

Unputdownable, eerie, and unsettling. To read this novel is to experience a horror story in brief, delirious flashes of memory, unable to know the whole truth. The greatest horror is the revelation that unconditional love can have horrible consequences.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

One of the best parts of doing a challenge like Read Harder is that I realized I need to diversify my reading habits. I rarely, if ever, read books that are not written in English. For the category about a book written and/or translated by a woman, I chose Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. I read it in one sitting because I was so captivated by the story! Schweblin builds tension, and then more tension, so that by the end I was most definitely unsettled. If you enjoy Fever Dream, check out the recently translated short story collection called Mouthful of Birds.

Jun 13, 2019

This was a short, harrowing suspense novel that may have different implications for various readers. It is well-written, but its experimentation leaves some situational clarity to be desired.

May 23, 2019

What an interesting little novel. I read it in one sitting and thought about it all night. Definitely recommend if you are searching for something out-of-the-ordinary.

Jan 12, 2019

A chilling novel you'll want to finish in one sitting. Fantastic.

Sep 21, 2018

Let me just say - this book is really weird!
If someone understands it, please explain it to me (ugh!)

DBRL_ChrisS May 10, 2018

If you’ve ever debated the merits of allowing a greenhouse dwelling medicine woman to split your child’s soul in twain so that the child’s body might escape the ravages of a deadly poison, this is apt to be a book you’ll devour. Ditto if your eyebrows and lashes were lost to the scourge of agricultural chemicals.


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May 28, 2017

I see my feet walking and I wonder if I am the one moving them.

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