By Andrea Lochen
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-941286-11-1
ISBN (Ebook) 978-1-941286-12-8
CATEGORY: Women's Fiction / Magical Realism / Contemporary
PAPERBACK LIST PRICE: $12.95
EBOOK LIST PRICE: $5.99
Watching children play and invent whimsical games of fantasy is one of life’s great joys. But what if you could actually see your child’s imagination as it unfolded? And what would you do if your child’s imagination suddenly became dark and threatening?
Burned out and broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother, Anna Jennings, moves back to her grandparents’ rural home for the summer with her four-year-old son, David, in tow. Living next door is Jamie Presswood, Anna’s childhood friend, now much more handsome and hardened than she remembers. Jamie reminds her of simpler times—Ferris wheels and sparklers, picnics and Neapolitan ice cream—long before she met her unstable ex, and everything changed.
But the sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs awakens Anna from her small-town spell, and forces her to realize that she’s either lost her mind or can somehow see her son’s active imagination. Frightened, Anna struggles to protect David, but what she uncovers along the way is completely unexpected: revelations about what her son’s imaginary friends may truly represent, and long buried secrets about her own childhood.
Andrea Lochen is the author of two novels, Imaginary Things and The Repeat Year. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and lives in Madison with her husband.
ADVANCE PRAISE for ANDREA LOCHEN
"Rarely does a book surprise me. But Imaginary Things caught me completely off-guard! Andrea Lochen writes another beautiful book, filled with vivid scenes, unforgettable characters, and oodles of heart. With a page-turning plot and an utterly unique concept, Imaginary Things entertains, inspires, and provokes thought--a perfect book club pick."
-Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List
"If it's possible to write a witty modern fairy tale about a down-on-her-luck young mother, her erratic ex, and her charming four-year-old boy, Andrea Lochen has done it. Anna is not your typical overwhelmed mom, but her story feels like a friend's. Imaginary Things reminded me again and again that the act of raising a child is a love story, a test of strength, and a thrill ride."
-Susanna Daniel, author of Sea Creatures
"Cleverly written with a perfect touch of magic, Imaginary Things will take you on a journey of the unexpected, and leave you contemplating the power of your own mind."
-Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of Your Perfect Life
“Have you ever thought about seeing into someone else’s imagination? Neither had I. Then I readImaginary Things. This is an honest, charming novel that blends reality and magical possibilities, hard struggles and small victories, starting over and daring to dare.”
-Cathy Lamb, author of What I Remember Most
“An intriguing premise and some surprising twists make this an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters. A novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into one woman’s opportunity to rewrite her past and change her future.”
“Imaginary Things takes place in a Midwest made so vivid and alive, so much its own character, that it becomes thrillingly believable that as Grandma styles the local brides’ hair into ringlets and the next door neighbor may be fighting a pain-killer addiction, a T-rex is running through the back yard. In this Wisconsin, single mothers may not have had the keenest of judgment when it comes to the men in their lives, but like mothers always, and everywhere, they have x-ray vision when it comes to their children. This isn’t just a psychological thriller, but a love story, and Andrea Lochen has put words to a reality that is as imaginary as it is rock solid.”
-Laura Kasischke, bestselling author of In a Perfect World
ABOUT ANDREA'S FIRST NOVEL, The Repeat Year
“A quirky story about tough decisions and second chances will capture the heart and give hope to those who feel lost. The main character is relatable in her struggle to break free of past habits and find happiness through honesty with herself and those she loves. For anyone who has ever needed a ‘do over,’ this novel gives hope for change and redemption.”
“Warm, touching, and thoroughly enjoyable…Anyone who has dreamed of getting a second chance at love will not be able to resist this book.”
-Janis Thomas, author of Something New and Sweet Nothings
“A magical realist rom-com of great charm, The Repeat Year reflects with lively wit (and a surprising undertow of poignancy) on questions of fate and karma, chance and choice.”
-Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl
“The Repeat Year is a clever meditation on time travel. In Lochen’s hands, it’s far more than a plot gimmick —it’s about the myriad ways we second-guess and sabotage ourselves in the name of finding happiness. Her characters must find ways to let go of regrets and cherish the small moments of love in life, right now. I enjoyed this a lot.”
-Margaret Dilloway, Author of How to Be An American Housewife and The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns