The Dream of Doctor Bantam


“Jeanne Thornton’s incredibly surprising and awkward fantasy novel falls into an improbable space that feels like the terrible school of Robert Walser’s Jakob Von Gunten and also the acid-laced wooded setting of Angela Carter’s novella Love. Yet Thornton’s The Dream of Doctor Bantam is pure Americana, cinematic and idly mean. It’s lush and trashy. I guess it’s the most graphic-novelly feeling book about loss I can think of. It’s all punk heart, messily thudding.” – Eileen Myles

“A punky, poetic rush of a book. . . . Sexy, lucid, and quirky, Thornton nails loss, loneliness, and creepy cult mentalities.”—Interview Magazine

“A slow, dissonant burn of a novel, a haunting meditation of young, wayward love.”—Grantland


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