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Author: James FitzGerald Narrator: Jesse LaVercombe, Mikaela Dyke, Thomas Hauff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2018 ISBN: 9780735276994
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Prize-winning author James FitzGerald explores how the death of an eighteen-year-old girl in the summer of 1968 forever changed his life and the life of the other man who loved her. Dreaming Sally is a deeply moving exploration of the weight of a life cut short.

Sally will die in Europe this summer.
     George Orr dreamed that his girlfriend, Sally Wodehouse, would die on the trip she wanted to take, and he begged her not to go. But Sally did not take him seriously--how could she? She left for Europe in July 1968 with twenty-five other private-school kids, on "The Odyssey," a Sixties version of the Grand Tour. In August 1968, only hours after becoming engaged to George via telegram, she died as he had dreamed she would, in a freak accident.
     Sally was George's first love, but she was also James FitzGerald's. James first met Sally at a family cottage; he was drawn to her energy and warmth, a stunning contrast to the chilly emotional life of his own family. At seventeen, not exactly a hit with the girls, James was delighted when he realized that he'd be spending the summer with his old friend. And soon, even though he knew that Sally had a serious boyfriend back home, they became inseparable, touring the glories of Western culture by day, dancing and drinking the nights away--giddily unshackled from the expectations and requirements of their class and upbringing.
     To George and James, both sons of parents who knew how to make demands of their children but not how to love them, Sally represented all the optimism and promised freedom of the '60s. Her death has haunted both men for fifty years--arresting their development, miring them in grief and unreasoning guilt. Dreaming Sally is a profound and evocative exploration of the long shadow left by an eighteen-year-old girl, an uncanny story of first love, sudden death and the complexity of trauma and mourning. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Author James FitzGerald hails from two generations of doctors whose medical achievements left a great impact on the Canadian health system. But these great men also suffered great falls that the FitzGerald family kept secret. Not only is this memoir a gripping, deeply personal story about family relationships and family secrets, it is also a fascinating, well-researched history of Toronto, Canadian medicine and public health, and the treatment of mental illness. Toronto Book Awards jury citation
  • What Disturbs Our Blood certainly disturbed mine in many ways, and I thought it was magnificent. I see our country and our city with very different eyes, not to mention our national medical heroes . . . I found potent resonances on every page. David Cronenberg, film director
  • A powerfully written, emotionally authentic and intellectually satisfying account of addiction and mental illness in a prominent Canadian medical family. A gripping read, due to the writerly skill and unflinching honesty of the author, and his commitment to uncovering dark secrets hidden behind blue blood respectability and high professional achievement. Gabor Maté, M.D., author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
  • A remarkable narrative of striving, depression, madness, suicide, and survival in a family connected with some of Canada’s greatest twentieth-century medical achievements. It is compelling reading, difficult to put down, and it is likely to create in many readers, as it did for me, a range of emotional responses seldom noted in the pages of an academic journal. . . . What Disturbs Our Blood is an intensely personal book. . . . As a scholar I normally take a dim view of what is called ‘creative’ non-fiction, and for that reason dislike many journalists’ attempts at writing history. This book is an exception. It provides such a window into one family’s troubles, into the private lives of a medical generation brought up [to] aspire to more than their temperaments could sustain, into real experiences with mental illness, and into the gothic catacombs of old Toronto, that it deserves a wide readership. When you finish the book you have learned a lot and you have been put through an emotional wringer. Michael Bliss, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History
  • A mesmerizing portrait of a driven family and a demanding society. The Globe and Mail
  • Winner of the Donald Grant Creighton Award from the Ontario Historical Society [2012]
    Finalist for Canada Reads: True Stories [2011]
    Finalist for the Toronto Book Awards [2011]
    Finalist for the Trillium Book Award [2011]
    Finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction [2011]
    Winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize [2010]

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About the Narrator

Lori Lansens has written several films and is the author of the bestselling novel The Girls, among other books. She lives in California with her family.