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Each town in this dry land has a Dreamer, a girl who arrives as a young teenager, having attended dreaming school, where she has learned to open herself as a conduit for the dreams that will direct the town’s decisions. The town where DREAMERS takes place has a sixteen-year-old Dreamer who has held this role for a bit less than three years. The Dreamer possesses no identity other than her role—she is called and referred to simply as “Dreamer.” All of her day-time and evening activities are directed toward preparation for the dreams of the night. She sleeps in a completely dark and completely silent chamber in the company of her Scribe, who remains awake and alert all night, ever ready to hear and record the dreams that the Dreamer speaks upon awakening, which she does several times during the night. In the morning, the Scribe hands the sheaf of parchment with the recorded dreams to the Council of Interpreters, who will interpret the dreams and make decisions accordingly for the good of the town.
But now, the Dreamer has begun to open herself to love and to desires of her own that tug against her role as the town Dreamer. Her dreams change subtly—and then not so subtly. The Chief Interpreter, who has been expanding his own fortunes by influencing the Council’s interpretation of the rich dream material provided by the Dreamer, is not pleased—and he wields considerable power in the town—considerable threatening power.
One of the most impressive aspects of DREAMERS is Donna Glee Williams’ ability to tell a gripping tale. As the Chief Interpreter begins to act upon his threats, I find it impossible to put the book aside. I have read DREAMERS three times to date, and each time I have been utterly absorbed until the very end. The story-telling is so masterful that my heart races with anticipation, even upon a second and third reading. The book is a compelling page-turner.
In addition, Williams is a master of detail—detail that comes from her own observations and her own lived experience. She knows that we need to see, hear, feel, and smell the land of DREAMERS and its life if we are to be gripped by the story. This is a desert land where water is one of the highest gifts, and Williams makes us feel the parchedness of the land, the thirst of the people, and the deep joy when a simple cup of water is given. The skills of weaving, knot-tying, fencing, and swimming play important roles in DREAMERS, and Williams possesses all these skills and draws upon them to give us fascinating details of each. Williams’ writing actually puts me inside the mind and body of a weaver with her consistently rhythmic back-and-forth passing of threads as her pattern slowly unfolds or of a swordsman working on extending the highly important reach of his sword.
It is also important to note that Williams herself is a dreamer. That is, she has worked consciously for many years on remembering, recording, and learning from her own dreams. Williams’ ability to draw upon her own dream work makes the Dreamer’s dreams especially vivid and rich. Also, the specific ways that the Dreamer prepares during the day and the evening for the dreams of the night are actually excellent and creative methods for anyone to enhance and gain access to his or her own dreams.
Finally, DREAMERS offers deep wisdom about friendship and loyalty, about finding our inner well of courage when we think we have none, about liberating ourselves only in ways that leave doors open for others as well.
The author, a good friend, was kind enough to provide me with an advance copy of DREAMERS that I might review it right away. I have received no compensation for this review other than the sheer privilege of reading and reviewing this wonderful book. I do hope that DREAMERS will become available in print very soon, as well as in its current e-book form, to make it accessible to a wider circle of readers.
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