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The Trajectory of Dreams Paperback – March 1, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
"A skillful mainstream examination of a psychotic woman's final descent into insanity."
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From NY Journal of Books
"Well written and engaging, this debut novel [...] takes us through the mind of a woman teetering on the edge of madness. It is at times uncomfortable, frightening, and anxiety inducing, but always entertaining."
From The Millions
"The Trajectory of Dreams is a wholly original and fearlessly dark novel, an interesting combination of psychological thriller and character study. In Lela White, Wolverton has created one of the most haunting unreliable narrators I've ever come across [...] and Wolverton is at her best in her depiction of the queasy mismatch between Lela's perceptions and what the reader knows or suspects to be true."
"The Trajectory of Dreams is unsettling, beautifully written, and truly original. In Lela White, Nicole Wolverton has created one of the most haunting characters in contemporary fiction. This is a remarkable debut."
-Emily St. John Mandel, author of THE LOLA QUARTET, THE SINGER'S GUN, and LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL
"This novel is a free dive into the bottomless ocean of insanity. With every chapter, every kick of the fins, you're sucked in deeper as the darkness mounts and the pressure builds. And like the ocean, The Trajectory of Dreams gives up its secrets grudgingly, so you'll continually be stunned as the protagonist, Lela, falls to her inevitable implosion."
-Mike Mullin, author of ASHFALL and ASHEN WINTER.
About the Author
NICOLE WOLVERTON is the author of the psychological thriller The Trajectory of Dreams (March 2013, Bitingduck Press). Her short fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, and Penduline, among others. She writes adult and young adult fiction.
She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, two cats, and a dog. She is a freelance writer and editor, and she enjoys running and outrigger canoeing.
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Protagonist Lela White narrates the novel, giving the reader keen and priceless insight into the inner-workings of her mind. She's an intelligent, quirky, and interesting character who is written well and thoroughly and the novel never breaks character, never drops the reader into that disappointing zone of "well, we had to tie that up quickly," as so many First-Person POV novels tend to do. The journey can be a little uncomfortable at times, but the uneasiness is true to character and necessary to the storyline. Even when I wasn't on board with Lela's thoughts and actions, I liked her, I rooted for her, I wanted her to win.
Wolverton certainly has the ability to turn a phrase. I ripped through the story quickly and the writing of it never slowed me down, never stuttered, never felt forced. I'm the type of reader who frequently writes in the margins of my books (as I purchased the actual hard copy of this one) or makes notes in my kindle as I read. With Trajectory of Dreams, I couldn't pull myself out of the story to do this. The writing flows naturally, beautifully, to the very last phrase.
It's an interesting story that's gorgeously written. What more could a reader want?
I'm very excited to see what's next for Nicole Wolverton! I'm in!
Lela, 32, works at a sleep lab and moonlights by breaking inside astronauts' houses, where she performs her own personal sleep research.
She's obsessed with the space shuttle program and believes her research keeps the astronauts safe. It's not something she wants to do so much as something she feels she's been chosen (though by whom?) to do.
If she sounds crazy, she is.
But what makes this book so intriguing is the voice, which is first-person from Lela's point of view.
And that's what we see: The world from a crazy woman's point of view. And this view is an odd jumble of familiar and dream-like sequences.
It's impossible not to like Lela, even though her actions make her unlikable. It's an odd juxtaposition to follow the world through an unreliable character's eyes, and it's what kept me reading.
Plus, Wolverton's other characters are as strange and compelling as Lela: The Chin; Nike, a cat that talks; and Zory, a Russian astronaut with a bizarre and superstitious grandmother.
The book is interspersed with flashbacks centering around Lela's relationship with her mother, who disappeared during Lela's childhood. These contain some of the most beautiful writing in the book: "Blue sparkles shimmered, mashed into the creases of my mother's closed eyelids, more saturated than the color on the rest of her skin," Wolverton writes in the beginning of Chapter Three.
All in all, "The Trajectory of Dreams" is a solid and well-written account of madness from a seemingly sane woman, or at least, Lela thinks she is sane and the reader struggles to believe her, which makes Lela all the more endearing and the book all the more richer.
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