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Book Nook: Dream Girl, by Laura Lippman

Vick Mickunas' 2021 interview with Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman's latest novel is fiendishly clever. "Dream Girl" is the story of a successful writer who finds himself stranded and isolated as he recovers from a serious injury. He's heavily medicated for the pain and his mind seems to be playing tricks on him. He's not sure what is real and what is imagined. The women who are taking care of him while he recuperates are his gatekeepers. One of the only people who manages to get in to see him is his former girlfriend and he's not too pleased about it. As this diabolical tale unfolds we begin to realize that this is a horror novel and also Lippman's homage to some classic horror stories.

I always enjoy talking to Laura about her work. "Dream Girl" is an outstanding story. She never fails to surprise me.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.