Debut Novelist Thrills with A Tale of A Woman Whose Carefully-Crafted World Is Disintegrating

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Nicole Wolverton's novel, The Trajectory of Dreams, coming March 1 from Bitingduck Press, has won advance praise for its haunting, complex portrayal of a life dedicated to delusion.

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One of the most haunting characters in contemporary fiction

Nicole Wolverton's novel, The Trajectory of Dreams, coming March 1 from Bitingduck Press, has won advance praise for its haunting, complex portrayal of a life dedicated to delusion.

It's clear from the outset that something's wrong with Lela White. She enters the scene in an astronaut's house, watching him sleep. Bad enough that she's broken into his home--but she's armed with a poison that can, given the slightest whim, kill immediately. In contrast, the Lela we see the next morning is a normal, slightly geeky sleep technician who loves her job, has close friends, and likes reading to kids.

The account of a woman living a world of delusion, Nicole Wolverton's debut novel, The Trajectory of Dreams, barely gives the reader a chance to breathe--let alone sleep. Told in the first person, the story leaves one guessing at every turn, unsure whether the events depicted are true-to-life or filtered through an increasing unstable narrator.

As Lela begins to unravel, the story becomes darker. It all begins with a Russian cosmonaut on loan to the U.S. space program. He takes an interest in her, threatening her elaborately-constructed world--and, she believes, menacing his own launch. Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Singer's Gun (winner of an Indie Bookseller's Choice Award) says, "The Trajectory of Dreams is unsettling, beautifully written, and truly original. In Lela White, Nicole Wolverton has created one of the most haunting characters in contemporary fiction. This is a remarkable debut."

Nicole Wolverton is a freelance writer from the Philadelphia area who has published short stories in Black Heart Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, and Penduline, among others. She also moderates 5 Minute Fiction, a weekly international flash fiction challenge. The Trajectory of Dreams is her first novel. It is available for pre-order on Barnes&Noble, and to professional reviewers on NetGalley; a press kit is available on the author's website. An interview with the author appears here.

The publisher, Bitingduck Press, specializes in fiction by, for, and about scientists and self-proclaimed geeks of all ages. DRM-free versions of the book will be available directly through the webstore; the press also sells e-books in brick and mortar stores with a patented QR-based technology called Web Bytez. The press is currently accepting both fiction and non-fiction submissions for its 2014 catalog.

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