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Pillow Friend *OP Hardcover – July 1, 1996

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Neglected and disturbed, Agnes craves a perfect companion, a friend who will share and understand all. When she's seven, it's a doll; when she's 13, it's a horse; when she's 17, it's a first lover; when she's 22, it's a dreamy poet of a husband. But magic is tricky -- be careful what you wish for. This dark, complex fantasy novel asks the age-old question, at times in a shockingly literal fashion: Can you have your cake and eat it, too?

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Agnes Grey, a young girl living in Houston, gets a doll from her aunt. The doll, whom she names Myles, is a pillow friend. He will sleep with her and tell her stories, as he did when he belonged to Aunt Marjorie. But Myles seems to inhabit Agnes's mind and influence her actions. The reader?as well as Agnes?isn't sure what is real and what is a dream or a fantasy. As Agnes gets older, her real life and her dream life fuse so completely that it is difficult to distinguish one from the other. She meets her favorite poet (who is also her dream lover), and they marry (or do they?). When her mother dies suddenly, Agnes discovers something the reader will have guessed. The denouement is stunning. This novel shows us that what we hide from ourselves, and what we make up, may be more real than reality itself. For most popular collections.?Barbara Maslekoff, Ohioana Lib., Columbus
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing; First Edition edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565049381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565049383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,255,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By oodles on February 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Hmmm, I've finished this book a couple days ago and I'm still not sure whether I liked it or not. It was definately entertaining, and it pulled me in and kept me up to late. But first it started out like a pleasant fantasy story...a mysterious aunt, a maybe magic doll, an imaginary horse. And then there is some kind of freaky teen experience. Then it gets really normal for a while..just a pretty regular relationship between the woman and an ordinary man, who is not so wonderful as her illusions have made him out to be. And then....it gets really darn freaky for a bit..not sure if I want to spoil it for anyone but there is a distinct "ewwwww" factor to one bit. But I kept reading to the end, hoping it would all make sense by the end and...well it never quite did. I'm not sure whether the main character is some sort of magical witchy person, or just plain mentally ill, or what. So it kind of left me quite disappointed at the end. THe finish was a big let down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judah on April 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Neil Gaiman is my favorite author, and I'd never heard of Lisa Tuttle. I bought the book based on Gaiman's glowing recommendation on the front cover.

The first part was everything I hoped for. An interesting story of a little girl and her mysterious doll. I liked young Agnes a lot, but then...

Then the novel moves away from the theme of wishing and consequences as Agnes ages. The entire middle section of the novel, over a hundred pages, became incredibly boring. Soap Opera romance-on, romance-off, make-up-your-mind boring. I'm not an indecisive romance person.

Summation: the beginning of the book was fantasy, the middle romance (realistic romance too, that left me hating the characters for acting so stupid), and the end madness tinged horror.

After finishing the story, forcing the middle, I felt disappointed. No resolution at all. The book did explore the consquences of wanting something, but never bothered with the issue of 'is what I want, what I need?' If Agnes decided what she wanted was what she needed, the story would have been awesome. Instead, Agnes is afraid to examine the mechanisms behind what is happening to her, and the book ends with a feeling of 'this is what happened, the END.' As a reader, you are left to interpret the novel and what it means.

My interpretation was the author wanted to be cryptic, surreal, and fulfilling. She got two out of three. This is the type of book college professors call literature, and people like me think of as interrupted dreams. You never know how they end, and forget them later in the day.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Having just read the other reviews here at Amazon, I'm suprised because they don't show the book at all as I saw it.

It's very poetic. Very sweet. Very real-feeling. The "horror" element is slight. It's much more a novel about love, and close relationships than it is a fantasy.

As such many many of the scenes and emotions described are straight from real life. And Lisa Tuttle has a delightful way of expressing them so poetically yet so clearly that you find yourself saying "Oh my gosh, yes that's exactly how that situation feels! How suprising that not only have other people felt the exact same way as me... and that an author could explain it so much better than I ever could!"

The pick-up scenes, conversations between men and women about sex and relationships, relationships between parents and children, and very bright children and their beloved books. These are all written better in this novel than I have read them in years. This is a great novel of real life much more than a "horror" or a "fantasy" and you will not be able to put the book down until you've finished it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diana Faillace Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2008
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In "The Pillow Friend," Lisa Tuttle perfects what Stephen King achieves with great success in his early work; she crafts a disturbing tale of dreams that blurs one woman's reality and transforms all her desires into psychological nightmares that literally take on lives of their own. At one time, King knew how to expertly scare his readers to death. He delved deeply into the gray matter of imagination and unleashed a veritable plethora of everyday happenstances that as docile as they seemed grew a hydra's triple heads when analyzed by the mind's microscope of hesitant speculation. The clown in "It (Signet Books)," conscious and unconscious desires in "Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story," teenage angst in "Carrie"--these little in-sync intrusions spring from the subconscious like a bumper crop of intestinal parasites, worming their way into the mind's shadow place and broadening a thistle-infested path best forgotten. "The Pillow Friend" navigates with the same persistence; its main character, Agnes Grey, oscillates from one reality to another with such precision that the reader never quite knows whether or not the realm she describes is grounded in a real existence or sprouts from the uneasy seed planted in Agnes's psyche.

As readers, we are never quite sure.
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