Book Review: Dream-Scape
By David Stewart
Sarah Perse is a human wreck. Burned badly from an IED explosion during the Iraq war in 2004, she now lives a hermit’s life in a small town in northern Idaho. Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, too much drinking, and drug abuse, Perse serves as the town’s nemesis and doesn’t care much whether she lives or dies.
This is a book about magic. The premise of the novel is very sad but the magic rescues our spirit and lifts the story to a parable about heaven and hell. A classic struggle between light and darkness.
Taking us back to the tragic aftermath of the Iraq war. We are taken back and forth between the war experience of Sarah and her shattered life as a broken veteran of that controversial conflict. She lives in the small town in Idaho where she grew up and suffers the attention and lack of attention that small town communities can so cruelly express.
She is rescued from bottom of the barrel she has fallen to by a very young girl, Suzy Polk who is her across the street neighbor. Suzy lives with her Dad and his girlfriend who is not really a friend to Suzy. Suzy believes in her own magic. She learns that magic can be used for good or evil and is convinced that she has this power of magic. Author Tim Pompey has created a compelling parable which leaves us believing in our own magic.
It is a one day book for a retired person like myself who loves reading.
I recommend it for all readers, especially those who embrace late night confrontations with their own mortality.
David Stewart is retired from tech industry and is now IT director for Citizens Journal, so not exactly as retired as he’d like to be.