A deeply poetic, riveting debut novel. Full of magic realism. Hypnotic and endearing. A tale of Midwest charm and quirky characters, but with twists and turns that reveal a dark side you don't see coming. Once you enter this world, you won't want to leave until the last mystery is solved — so say early readers of this immersive page-turner.
Odd things happen in Kiminee, Illinois. Lilacs bloom in winter. Gravel glows golden on occasion. Pigs play kick the can. So when Carly Mae Foley learns to read at age two and masters multiplication at age three, the town's quirky, tight-knit denizens take it in stride and embrace her with pride. But when a terrible twister tears through, Carly Mae is maimed, dashing hopes for her future. Her father is swept away and assumed dead. And her mother slinks off after creeping, naked, with her lover from the remains of a ruined home. It's up to Carly Mae's grandmother and a devoted, one-eared dog to hold what's left of the family together. But not everyone is rooting for them, and when an appalling crime occurs, long-held animosities boil over. Will the good folks of Kiminee pull closer together now—or be torn apart?
Influenced by folklore and magical realism, The Kiminee Dream is a lyrical story with characters equally charmed and challenged while living where the ordinary and miraculous coexist seamlessly. If you like depth as well as whimsy, arresting twists, and details that rouse your senses, you'll love what is both an eloquent exploration of acceptance and a tender tribute to the people of Illinois.