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June 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams: A Virtual Evening with Richard Flanagan
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
An Evening with Richard Flanagan in conversation with Mitchell Kaplan
Wednesday, June 16, 7 PM ET
LIVE via Crowdcast
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From the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North comes a wrenching novel of family, climate change, and the resilience of the human spirit–an elegy to our disappearing world.
In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying–if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living, subjected to increasingly desperate medical interventions, she instead turns her focus to her hospital window, through which she escapes into visions of horror and delight. When Anna’s finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. She begins to see that all around her others are similarly vanishing, yet no one else notices. All Anna can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into an eerily beautiful story of grief and possibility, of loss and love and orange-bellied parrots. Hailed on publication in Australia as Flanagan’s greatest novel yet, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is a rising ember storm illuminating what remains to us when the inferno beckons: one part elegy, one part dream, one part hope.
About the Author:
RICHARD FLANAGAN’s seven novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish and the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He lives in Tasmania.