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House of Anansi Press

The Law of Dreams

Written by Peter Behrens

Published August 01, 2007 | ISBN 9780887847745
FICTION / Literary

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408 pages | 8.250 in × 5.560 in
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The Law of Dreams

Peter Behrens

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Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Peter Behrens's bestselling novel is gorgeously written, Homeric in scope, and haunting in its depiction of a young man's perilous journey from innocence to experience.

The Law of Dreams follows Fergus O'Brien from Ireland to Liverpool and Wales during the Great Potato Famine of 1847, and then beyond -- to a harrowing Atlantic crossing to Montreal. On the way, Fergus loses his family, discovers a teeming world beyond the hill farm where he was born, and experiences three great loves.

About the Author

Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens’s first novel, The Law of Dreams, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and has been published in nine languages. His collection of short stories, Travelling Light, was reissued in 2013. The New York Times called his second novel, The O’Briens (2011), "a major achievement." Carry Me, his third novel, appeared in 2016. His stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, Tin House, Brick, Best Canadian Stories, Best Canadian Essays and many anthologies. Behrens is a native of Montreal and was educated at Lower Canada College, Concordia University, and McGill. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University and was a 2015-16 Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, 2007
  • Winner Governor General's Literary Awards: Fiction, 2006
  • Short-listed Commonwealth Writers' Prize - Best Book, 2007
  • Short-listed Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, 2007
  • Short-listed CBA Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, 2007