The Dream Peddler

If someone offered you a magic elixir that could conjure any dream you wanted . . . would you take it?

Traveling salesmen like Robert Owens have passed through Evie Dawson’s town before, but none of them offered anything like what he has to sell: dreams, made to order, with satisfaction guaranteed.

Soon after he arrives, the community is shocked by the disappearance of Evie’s young son. The townspeople, shaken by the Dawson family’s tragedy and captivated by Robert’s subversive magic, begin to experiment with his dreams. And Evie, devastated by grief, turns to Robert for a comfort only he can sell her. But the dream peddler’s wares awaken in his customers their most carefully buried desires, and despite all his good intentions, some of them will lead to disaster.

Gorgeously told through the eyes of Evie, Robert, and a broad cast of fully realized characters, The Dream Peddler is an imaginative, moving novel of overcoming loss and reckoning with the longings we keep secret.

Reviews

“Themes of coming and going, holding on and letting go, permeate this highly engaging, captivating, and, yes, dream-infused story.”

Kirkus

“Watson populates her novel with a vibrant cast and does an excellent job of capturing the loneliness and repression of small-town life. This is a winning novel with broad appeal.”

Publishers Weekly

“The novel flies by, with its heart in its well-developed characters and its spark from the touch of magic. Evie’s quest [...] is poignant and realistic, and Watson’s beautiful yet clear language brings her quiet emotion and loss to life. THE DREAM PEDDLER digs into the lies we tell ourselves and asks what it means to confront the truth at the root of our most impossible dreams.”

Booklist

“Watson has [created] a compelling story focused on the concepts of imagination, identity, and accountability. Her characters are complex and well rounded, and her setting [...] is an evocative mix of idyllic and repressed. With some lovely prose, intense imagery, and deft handling of magical realism, THE DREAM PEDDLER is a strong debut from an impressive new artist [...] A haunting and evocative story of strength and weakness in the face of devastating loss.”

Shelf Awareness

“THE DREAM PEDDLER is like a sweet dream that you don’t want to forget [...] [It] effortlessly walks the line between that which is real and familiar and that which is extraordinary and new [...] Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and always fascinating.”

Hypable

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