The Dust That Falls from Dreams: A Novel (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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"This is a novel of tragedy and love told on the landscape of World War I. The McCoshes have four daughters and they are neighbors to an American family called the Pendennis and their three sons. One of the sons proposes to Rosie McCosh before he enlists in the war, along with all his brothers. To say very little, the tragedy strike particularly hard on both families. This is a war like no other before it and the scenes depicting the horrors of war are frightening. Not only are the soldiers in the trenches of France, who are constantly wet, cold and dirty, but the wives and mothers at home in England are shown to be living in a blackish world of death and loss. Louis de Bernieres is a brilliant storyteller, mixing up the characters who tell the story and giving us detailed historical detail of the period, but not too much. Now, I have to somehow wait for another story from him"

— Jason Kennedy


The Edwardian era has just begun, and in the idyllic countryside outside of London, young Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up inseparable from their neighbors, the two Pitt brothers and the three Pendennis boys. But twelve years later, the outbreak of World War I brings their days of youthful camaraderie to an abrupt end. In the years that follow, these childhood pals will be scattered across Europe—from the trenches of France to the British hospitals where the McCosh sisters serve. Some will lose their lives, some their loved ones, some their faith—and all of them will lose their innocence. At the center of their stories, always, is Rosie—in love with one of her childhood friends and beloved by another—facing the collapse of the world she has always known, and the birth of another from its ashes. A sumptuous, sweeping, powerfully moving work of fiction, The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a story of profound loss and indelible hope.

About the Author

Louis de Bernières is the author of, among other novels, A Partisan’s Daughter, Birds Without Wings, Corelli’s Mandolin, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord and The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts. Selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, de Bernières lives in London.

Praise For…

One of Time’s Top 10 Books of the Year

“Moving. . . . Poignant.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A book that had me laughing, cringing and ultimately feeling a little spark of hope. In that, The Dust That Falls from Dreams is very much like my old favorite, Corelli’s Mandolin.” —Connie Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Thrilling . . . . The inner life of de Bernières’ lively roll call of characters is as vivid as the external realities.” —The Independent (London)
“A gently evocative story of the war that didn’t end all wars, but did wrench open the door to the modern world.” —Time
“A feast of a novel.” —The Times (London)
“De Bernières is playful and expansive. . . . Scenes [of war] strike just as hard as they must have when the first crop of World War I stories emerged.” —Santa Fe New Mexican
“Beautifully observed. . . . De Bernières is an astute observer of the human heart.” —Mail on Sunday
“While some period fiction offers an escape from contemporary concerns, the best stories of the past illuminate the present. . . .  De Bernières vividly brings to life a world stalked by death.” —Mark Lawson, The Guardian
“Genuinely thrilling.” —Financial Times
“An elegiac vision. . . . [A] charming and quietly moving tale.” —The Daily Telegraph
“A masterful tale that bridges two worlds and delineates the apocalyptic abyss in between. . . . This heartrending saga of love, loss, and endurance paints a vivid portrait of the steep price paid by an entire generation.” —Booklist
“These are the hopeful stories about war, and they should be told.” —The Star (Toronto)
“Heartwarming and devastating.” —The National (UAE)
“Immensely enjoyable, rich in humour and incident, galloping along, inventive, often moving and almost always sympathetic.” —The Scotsman

“[A] gripping tale of love and war. . . . De Bernières blends global events with personal stories to great effect, putting both into perspective.” —Bookpage
“An unforgettable book. . . . The direct aftermath of the war is incredibly written.” —The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101970003
ISBN-10: 1101970006
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: July 26th, 2016
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Vintage International