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Winner of the 2017 Blue Light Book Award Kerry Tepperman Campbell's brilliant debut delves into the imaginations of American women who are fascinated with France. These jewel-like vignettes and prose poems weave their way between an imagined world and a real one. Immersed in luminous moments, the characters find themselves in a series of fully realized French landscapes inc Winner of the 2017 Blue Light Book Award Kerry Tepperman Campbell's brilliant debut delves into the imaginations of American women who are fascinated with France. These jewel-like vignettes and prose poems weave their way between an imagined world and a real one. Immersed in luminous moments, the characters find themselves in a series of fully realized French landscapes including a well preserved Roman amphitheater in Provence, a refugee camp in Calais, and Empress Josephine's famous rose garden in Rueil-Malmasion. The reader will be swept away by these seductive vignettes, set in a world where archetypes hover and even small moments become indelible. Kerry Tepperman Campbell is a writer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the recipient of the New Millennium Poetry Prize. Her work has recently appeared in New Millennium Writings, Bitter Oleander, Paterson Literary Review, Laurel Review, Cloudbank, The Round, American Mustard, and Unstitched States. Dreaming of France is her debut collection of prose poems and vignettes.


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Winner of the 2017 Blue Light Book Award Kerry Tepperman Campbell's brilliant debut delves into the imaginations of American women who are fascinated with France. These jewel-like vignettes and prose poems weave their way between an imagined world and a real one. Immersed in luminous moments, the characters find themselves in a series of fully realized French landscapes inc Winner of the 2017 Blue Light Book Award Kerry Tepperman Campbell's brilliant debut delves into the imaginations of American women who are fascinated with France. These jewel-like vignettes and prose poems weave their way between an imagined world and a real one. Immersed in luminous moments, the characters find themselves in a series of fully realized French landscapes including a well preserved Roman amphitheater in Provence, a refugee camp in Calais, and Empress Josephine's famous rose garden in Rueil-Malmasion. The reader will be swept away by these seductive vignettes, set in a world where archetypes hover and even small moments become indelible. Kerry Tepperman Campbell is a writer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the recipient of the New Millennium Poetry Prize. Her work has recently appeared in New Millennium Writings, Bitter Oleander, Paterson Literary Review, Laurel Review, Cloudbank, The Round, American Mustard, and Unstitched States. Dreaming of France is her debut collection of prose poems and vignettes.

42 review for Dreaming of France

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    A gorgeous, genre-defying book. When reading it I melted into and out of dreamy, luscious versions of life. This writer is an artist, an epicure of living. She takes her narrator's advice: "All you have rushed past must be fully seen." A gorgeous, genre-defying book. When reading it I melted into and out of dreamy, luscious versions of life. This writer is an artist, an epicure of living. She takes her narrator's advice: "All you have rushed past must be fully seen."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I absolutely loved this collection. Campbell's language throughout is incredibly dreamy (pun slightly intended), and she lays down beautiful visual after beautiful visual. I admit that I am not generally a huge poetry reader, so prose poems hit that sweet spot of delightful flowy language where my brain isn't overanalyzing to figure out why things are said and arranged in such and such manner, and I can just sit back and enjoy what I'm reading. One thing that I very much admire about Dreaming of I absolutely loved this collection. Campbell's language throughout is incredibly dreamy (pun slightly intended), and she lays down beautiful visual after beautiful visual. I admit that I am not generally a huge poetry reader, so prose poems hit that sweet spot of delightful flowy language where my brain isn't overanalyzing to figure out why things are said and arranged in such and such manner, and I can just sit back and enjoy what I'm reading. One thing that I very much admire about Dreaming of France is that it feels like all of the poems and vignettes are carefully chosen and placed the way they are in the collection. There are recurrent themes and images throughout, and much like a series of interconnected dreams, these poems all transition beautifully from one to another. I absolutely savored every word in this collection. I am submitting this review as an entry for the 2019 A to Z Reading Challenge.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kate

    I liked this book, and found parts of it very beautiful and moving. Reading it is also quite a meta experience, as you begin to enter your own dreams, both independent and shared with She. I didn’t love it, but I do think it’s a book I’ll appreciate more upon rereading. I’m lookin forward to taking a second pass at this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patty Fite

    Beautifully written. I enjoyed this book so much. I felt as though I was there. The author described everything brilliantly. A wonderfully visual experience.

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    Kelsey

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