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April 2019 Fiction: Literary

The Book of Dreams
A Novel
By (author): Nina George
9780525572534 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Apr 09, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.51 x 1.31 in 400 pages Crown
The next novel from Nina George, author of the blockbuster bestsellers The Little Paris Bookshop and The Little French Bistro, about the spaces between lives and realities and loves both lost and coming home

When Henri ends up in a coma after rescuing a young girl from the Thames, his ex-girlfriend, Eddie, discovers that she is listed as Henri’s next-of-kin in his living will. While Henri lies in a hospital bed, he fitfully revisits the boyhood he spent with his beloved grandfather, who fed him a steady diet of Breton fish and fairy tales.

Meanwhile, Sam, Henri’s sensitive teenage son with whom Henri never had a relationship—Henri was in love with his mother, but too afraid of love to make the relationship work—has never seen his father alive, other than in Henri’s reportages or the video of him heroically saving a girl from drowning. Yet, Sam has a more profound connection with his father than most children of his age. Sam and Eddie, each previously unaware of the other, slowly begin to carve out an unexpected and powerful friendship. But when Sam is on his way to meet his father for the first time, tragedy strikes.

Full of rich, captivating characters, and in placing the serious questions of life and death alongside a wonderful and engrossing story, The Book of Dreams asks with grace and gravitas what we will truly find meaningful in our lives after we are gone.

Story Locale: England

HUGE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS: The Book of Dreams received great reviews in Germany, has sold nearly 50,000 copies since its spring publication, was on Der Spiegel bestseller list, quickly sold in translations, and has recently been released in paperback.

NINA GEORGE’S MOST MAGICAL AND LITERARY YET: This is a deceptively simple and accessible story, and the translated pages promise precisely the kind of warmth, charm, and resounding sense of humanity that makes Nina’s titles instant favorites here and around the world.

BUILDING ON AN ESTABLISHED AND SUCCESSFUL PLATFORM: The Little Paris Bookshop has sold nearly 600,000 copies to date, and The Little French Bistro has sold 50,000, while still continuing to sell. The Book of Dreams offers us another opportunity to continue building Nina George as a household name, and in its enlivening of Nina’s familiar themes and featuring a fresh cast of characters it will attract a new readership in addition to all of Nina’s loyal fans.

NINA GEORGE is the author of the bestselling international phenomenon The Little Paris Bookshop, as well as numerous other books that have been published around the world. She also works as a journalist, writer, and advocate for women’s rights. She lives with her husband in Berlin and Brittany, France.

Author Residence: Berlin, Germany, and Brittany, France

Marketing: Social media promotion on author’s Facebook and Twitter (@Nina_George)

Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

Enrollment in early reviewer programs

Features on and

Library and academic marketing

Publicity: National publicity

National review and feature attention

National/regional NPR campaign


Author Website:

Author Social Media: @nina_george

Praise for The Book of Dreams:

“An effective exploration of connections that transcend physical boundaries…a poignant story about longing, nostalgia, and the pain of missed opportunities.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An empathetic and emotionally stunning novel. Never preachy or maudlin, this deep dive into some of life’s most haunting questions will appeal to fans of Isabel Allende and Mary Simses.”—Booklist

“Captivating… This exploration of unfinished relationships has a haunting, evocative quality, and is a perfect, conversation-starting selection for book groups.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Little Paris Bookshop
New York Times Bestseller
“If you’re looking to be charmed right out of your own life for a few hours, sit down with this wise and winsome novel…Everything happens just as you want it to…from poignant moments to crystalline insights in exactly the right measure.” —

“The settings are ideal for a summer-romance read…Who can resist floating on a barge through France surrounded by books, wine, love, and great conversation?” —Christian Science Monitor

“[A] bona fide international hit.” —New York Times Book Review

“A story that reflects all the romance and sweetness of Paris itself.” —San Francisco Book Review

“The Little Paris Bookshop is an enchantment…the next best thing to booking a trip to France.” —Sarah Pekkanen, author of Catching Air

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