Dream potions, far-away places & loss: Martine Fournier-Watson’s Dream Peddler

Look out everyone — it’s another book birthday! At the Debutante Ball, we are happily celebrating the publication of Martine Fournier-Watson’s THE DREAM PEDDLER!

Reading Martine’s blog posts over the past few months has been such a delight for me. From her clever insights on the pitfalls of building a social media platform (“When I think of branding, I think of cattle”) to her lovely ruminations about how selling her first book changed her life (“I was already happy before this”), Martine brings so much thoughtfulness to her craft that I couldn’t imagine her book being anything other than superbly written, just like her posts.

Detail on the cover looks like strokes of an oil painting

And now, lovely readers, you FINALLY get to read this debut and enjoy it for yourself! Recently described by Hypable as a “a sweet dream that you don’t want to forget,” this is one of those rare novels that’s magic lies not only in its subject matter (the story includes dream potions, after all) but in its ability to really pop off the page and feel real. The idyllic, far-away world of The Dream Peddler, though timeless and nostalgic, feels acutely familiar, even if a bit sad. And the themes of loss and grief seem to translate across culture and place.

I would recommend this book to readers old and young, and especially for anyone who needs an escape from the constant stream of bad news making headlines. A perfect book to curl up with at night, The Dream Peddler would make a great companion for your upcoming spring break or summer vacation. The love that Martine has for her characters and the joy she takes in creating a flawlessly rendered world are obvious on the page, and you will be glad to be absorbed in such a compelling story.

Order The Dream Peddler here. And for the story behind the book, check out Martine’s Debutante Ball posts, which are themselves small works of art.

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Stephanie Jimenez

Stephanie Jimenez is a former Fulbright recipient and Prep for Prep alumna. She is based in Queens, New York, and her work has appeared in The Guardian, O! the Oprah Magazine, Entropy, and more. Her debut novel, THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING, will be published in the summer of 2019 (Little A). Follow her @estefsays.