Dreamers of the Absolute: A Book of Hours (Paperback)

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Anna Sun’s first novel, DREAMERS OF THE ABSOLUTE, is the story of a young woman searching for both love and the meaning of life. This may seem common enough fodder for a novel, but in the modest hands of Sun, a quiet masterpiece emerges. This young woman travels to rural Kentucky to visit her brother, her only living relative, who has taken a vow of silence at a Trappist Monastery. Unable to speak with him, she spends seven days contemplating and reflecting on past relationships, as well as her own future. Quiet, meditative and revelatory, this small novel is a powerful reminder of the importance that simplicity and beauty play in literature.

— From Mark recommends...


A young woman, dreaming of love and yearning to know what it is, drives up to a Trappist monastery in rural Kentucky, seeking her older brother who has taken the vows of a novice. She spends seven days of unplanned contemplation interspersed with the seven prayers that punctuate the monastery's daily routine. Insights and recollections come and go like the ebb and flow of the tide. In her silent enclosure she asks herself who she is, what she wants, and what she believes. Anna Sun poses seemingly unanswerable questions, but like an illuminated book of hours, this sensitive and beautifully adorned novella also seems to point to where an answer might lie.

About the Author

Anna Sun is a professor at Kenyon College and a consulting editor for the "Kenyon Review."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781909631083
ISBN-10: 1909631086
Publisher: Sylph Editions
Publication Date: November 15th, 2014
Pages: 136
Language: English