Yume No Hon by Catherynne M. Valente
The Book of Dreams

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In the mind of Ayako, an old woman in exile on a mountain in medieval Japan, nothing is certain, and nothing holds a familiar shape for long. This is a map of a psyche exalted and destroyed by solitude, and on its contorted surface Shinto philosophy, Greek mathematics, Hawaiian goddesses, Egyptian legend, quantum physics, and Babylonian myth meet and merge... In Catherynne M. Valente's second novel since the critically acclaimed The Labyrinth, language and myth construct a strange new geography of the self. This is The Book of Dreams: open it and walk the shadowy paths of this extraordinary landscape.
 

About Catherynne M. Valente

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Catherynne M. Valente began September's adventures in installments on the Web; the project won legions of fans and also the CultureGeek Best Web Fiction of the Decade award. She lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Maine. She has written many novels for adults, but this is her children's book debut.
 
Published August 22, 2006 by Prime Books. 152 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Apparently set in medieval Japan, Valente's second novel, an allegorical fantasy whose dreamlike threads reach into Shinto and Western myth, mathematics and physics, is more accessible than her poetically surreal debut, The Labyrinth (2004), which centered on the Greek myth of the Minotaur.

May 23 2005 | Read Full Review of Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams

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We do know that Ayako wants the dreams to be real, or wants her mundane life to be the dream (in a book like this, it amounts to the same thing).

Feb 16 2006 | Read Full Review of Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams

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