The Capital of Dreams

by Heather O'Neill

On Sale: 09/10/2024

The Capital of Dreams

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The Capital of Dreams

by Heather O'Neill

On Sale: 09/10/2024


About the Book

A breathtaking dark fairy tale of survival and betrayal from the vivid imagination of Heather O’Neill

Fourteen-year-old Sofia Bottom lives in a small country that Europe has forgotten. But inside its borders, the old myths of trees that come alive and fairies who live among their roots have given way to an explosion of the arts and the consolations of philosophy. No one, from the clarinetists to the cabaret singers, is as revered as Sofia’s brilliant mother, the writer Clara Bottom. How can Sofia, with a tin ear and an enduring love of the old myths, ever hope to win her mother’s love?

When the country’s greatest enemy invades, and the Capital is under threat, at last Clara turns to her daughter. Sofia must smuggle her new manuscript to safety on the last train evacuating children from the city. But the train draws to a suspicious halt in the middle of a forest, and Sofia runs for her life, losing her mother’s most prized possession. Frightened and alone in a country at war, Sofia must find a way to reclaim what she has lost. On an epic journey through woods and razed towns, colliding with soldiers, survivors and other lost children, Sofia must make the choice between kindness and survival.

In this stunning dark fairy tale of a novel, Heather O’Neill reveals once again her mastery of language that is as delicious as cake and as serious as a gunshot.

Critical Praise

"The Capital of Dreams is not so much a novel to read but one to live (and dream) in. A dark, wistfully comic fable that's as imaginative as it is poignant. An entire world that only Heather O'Neill could create." — Iain Reid, bestselling author of Foe and We Spread

"The Capital of Dreams is a feminist adventure with all of the darkness of a war novel, the charm of a fairy tale, and the heart of a coming-of-age story. O’Neill’s crystal-clear, aphoristic prose reveals complex themes about freedom, desire, and destiny. I underlined passages with one hand and turned pages with the other, rapt right through the stunning final twist." — Maria Adelmann, author of How to Be Eaten


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443451604
  • ISBN 10: 1443451606
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 09/10/2024
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION: Historical / 20th Century / General
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Literary

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