NC Literary Hall of Fame



Maggie's Dream by Leslie Tall Manning

Leslie Tall Manning
$13.99, paperback / $4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0996130684
September, 2017
Fiction: Historical
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" intriguing tale...part psychological thriller, part historical fiction...[Manning] masterfully delineates Maggie's interior and exterior worlds and her struggle for identity and purpose..."
—P.A. Moed, author of The Incident at Montebello

—Padgett Gerler, author of What Does Love Sound Like?

"A weird and wondrous book! You will be asking yourself whether Maggie’s bizarre and vivid dream is just a dream, a drug-induced hallucination, or---somehow---real. The ending will surprise you and is worthy of the best psychological thrillers."
—Clarissa Harwood, author of Impossible Saints

When World War II drags Maggie Lerner’s husband off to Europe, Maggie joins the workforce as one of America’s Rosies. Though she savors her freedom, she is haunted by a dream that leads her to believe something terrible will happen to her husband.

After the war, Sam returns home unscathed, and Maggie, who once again takes her place as a doctor’s wife, believes the dream will disappear. Instead, it evolves into an all-consuming world where Maggie is admired for her strength; where she can have whatever she wishes. Resenting her conventional life, she willingly surrenders to the temptation of imagined perfection.

But all is not as it seems. Beneath the dream’s flawless surface, a monster lies in wait. In an era of post-war feminism and the latest in psychoanalysis, Maggie will need to confront this evil—whether real or imagined—before it destroys both her worlds.

Leslie Tall Manning is an award-winning novelist who loves writing about grown-ups who crave change and often discover it in ways they never expected (Gaga and Maggie's Dream). She also writes about teenagers who believe in independence, often stumbling into it headfirst (Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town). As a private English tutor and writing specialist, Ms. Manning spends her evenings working with students of all ages and her days working on her own writing projects. When she isn’t clacking away at the computer keys or conducting research for her books, she loves traveling with her artist husband.

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