NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
A CBC DAY 6 MUST-READ BOOK FOR SUMMER
A 49TH SHELF EDITOR'S PICK
Henry Banks, star of the UK’s most popular television series, has higher aspirations, ones befitting of his talent: a serious film career, beginning with a role in a brilliant Spanish director’s next movie. To make the jump to the big screen, he’ll have to remake himself in more than one way. But as he runs his morning miles and scrutinizes his changing physique in the mirror, he doesn’t know that he’s not alone in his obsession—Kristin, an unstable American fan, has her own ambitions. From the author of Man-Booker shortlisted The Quickening Maze, Dream Sequence is a moving depiction of desire and delusion and the unsettling consequences of fame.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The fame game is full of traps, and Adam Foulds’ novel gives us a delightful look at its dangers and delusions. Henry Banks is a self-absorbed TV actor who’s determined to earn big-screen immortality by essentially stalking a celebrated Spanish auteur. What Henry doesn’t know is that he has a fame-obsessed superfan of his own. Henry is a gleefully over-the-top antihero and Foulds cranks up the tension admirably without ever resorting to any bunny-boiling clichés. Still want to be famous? Read this first.