Small Life, Slow Life: But what about the need to forgive? {Chloe Benjamin’s The Anatomy of Dreams.}

“Psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs lists physiological needs–for breathing and food, for sex and sleep–as the most basic of all drives. Next comes the need for safety, followed by the need for belonging. But what about the need to forgive? There is no belonging without it, no safety, no love.”

–Chloe Benjamin, The Anatomy of Dreams

I am 75% through this wonderful book, the predecessor to The Immortalists (and actually, I believe Anatomy is better).

There’s a strong plot with relatable characters, a love story, a bit of a creepy feeling, and it’s beautifully written. There’s this little uneasy nagging thought of Something isn’t right. It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about a book so frequently throughout the day and been so desperate to get back to it at night. Unless the ending totally collapses, I can’t imagine why I wouldn’t give it five stars. It’s also about dreaming and REM cycles, which is something I always wanted to write a novel about. Kudos to the author for doing it first, and doing it so dang well!

Are you finishing up your end of the year reading? I got so many books for Christmas and naturally have a bunch of them waiting for me at the library. I can’t wait to read them all!

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