The Cure For Dreaming by Cat WintersThe Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters

The Cure For Dreaming

byCat Winters

Hardcover | October 14, 2014

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Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

Praise for The Cure for Dreaming
"A smattering of period photos adds authenticity to this gripping, atmospheric story of mind control and self-determination."
--Kirkus Reviews
Cat Winters is the author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which received three starred reviews and was a finalist for YALSA’s Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She grew up near Disneyland in Southern California. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
Title:The Cure For DreamingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419712160

ISBN - 13:9781419712166


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Intro to the Suffragists! My mother always made us (!) vote whether it was inconvenient or not, due to the pain and suffering undergone by the suffragists for that very right! Even closer to home, in Alberta The Famous Five fought for Canadian women to be considered equal under Canadian law around this same time (early 20th century). I love the details that Cat Winters uses in her historical fiction. While the Dracula metaphors got a little heavy-handed after a while, I think a young adult reader would find this era of our history as horrifying/ fascinating as I do. Like how it was un-ladylike to ride a bicycle because everyone knows "those women" don't keep their legs closed. (Whaaaaaa???!) Get me a pair of bloomers and my bike, STAT!!
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, if not very subtle Lots of stuff to love - like strong, spunky female characters, awesome, healthy girl friendships, and a strong message. However, that message might have been a little bit too strong - there was absolutely no subtlety here. Yeah, it was an awesome message, and everything, but I would have liked it a bit better if I didn't feel as if I was being clubbed over the head with caricatures of men as blustering, oppressive despots or the literal personifications of Oppression, Rebellion, and Strong Brilliant Females. A little more nuance or subtlety wouldn't have gone amiss. That said, it was a really original way to tell the story, with mildly supernatural elements, little gems of historical information, and a concept that both carried the metaphor and made me grin.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply magical! I received this book as a gift a while ago and I finally decided to give it a try. The characters were so well thought out and developed magnificently throughout the story line. The use of hypnosis just draws you in. Everything was just extremely well done. Such a great read!
Date published: 2015-09-04

Editorial Reviews

"...readers will cheer as Olivia strikes out on her own, finally free of her father’s control."