Lincoln’s Dreams


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Author: Connie Willis

Title: Lincoln’s Dreams

Genre:  Science Fiction

Publication Date: 1987

Number of Pages: 228

Geographical Setting: Virginia and Washington, DC

Time Period: 1980s and 1860s

Plot Summary: Jeff is a researcher for a Civil War novelist. He meets Annie, a young woman with a sleep disorder, whose intense dreams reflect the life of another person in another time. According to Jeff’s research, Annie’s dreams point to Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general in the Civil War. As Jeff and Annie travel through various Civil War landmarks, they explore the significance of her dreams. Are they meant to be a warning to Annie in her own life, or a means of healing a troubled soul in the afterlife?

Subject Headings: U.S. Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, American history–19th Century, dreams, sleep disorders, psychology, suspense, men/women relations

Appeal: steady pace, familiar, sympathetic, well-drawn characters, investigative, historical details, details of American Civil War, contemplative, psychological, suspenseful, smart, well-researched

3 terms that best describe this book: contemplative, suspenseful, well-researched

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Crisis Dreaming: Using Your Dreams To Solve Your Problems by Rosalind Cartwright, Ph.D.
Readers curious about the meaning of dreams or how to control troublesome dreams may find this book insightful. Cartwright, director of the Sleep Disorder Service and Research Center at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, explains how to gain insight from dreams to resolve daily struggles, such as divorce, depression and other crises.

The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream by Andrea Rock.
Those who are intrigued by the science and study of dreams might enjoy Rock’s discussion of the history of sleep study, the role of memory, and controversial dream theories.

Robert E. Lee: a biography by Emory M. Thomas
For readers interested in the life of Robert E. Lee on and off the battlefield, this biography would provide deeper understanding of Lee’s life and inner struggles.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Gods and Generals: a novel of the Civil War by Jeff Shaara
The novel follows two Confederate and two Union generals, providing excellent historical detail for readers interested in the Civil War.

The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
This Nebula Award winner follows a female archaeologist who is visited by the ghosts of the ancient Mayan civilization she is uncovering. Like Lincoln’s Dreams, this novel features elements of time travel and great historical detail.

Time and Again by Jack Finney
Readers looking for a more romantic focus might like this novel about time travel, love, and government conspiracies.

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