Release: Imaginary Things, by Andrea Lochen

Imaginary Things (pub date 4/15) by award-winning author Andrea Lochen.

From Andrea Lochen, award-winning author of The Repeat Year, comes an enchanting tale about family, love, and the courage it takes to face your demons and start over again.Burned-out and completely broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents’ rural Wisconsin home for the summer―her four-year-old, David, in tow. Returning to Salsburg reminds Anna of simpler times―fireflies, picnics, Neapolitan ice cream―long before she met her unstable ex and everything changed. But the sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs awakens Anna from this small-town spell, and forces her to believe she has either lost her mind or can somehow see her son’s active imagination. Frightened, Anna struggles to learn the rules of this bizarre phenomenon, but what she uncovers along the way is completely unexpected: revelations about what her son’s imaginary friends truly represent and hidden secrets about her own childhood.

Burned out and completely broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents’ rural home for the summer with her four- year-old son, David, in tow. Salsburg’s quirky small-town charms remind Anna of simpler times — fireflies, picnics, Neapolitan ice cream — long before she met her unstable ex and everything changed. But the sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs awakens Anna from her summertime spell, and forces her to believe she has either lost her mind or can somehow see her son’s active imagination. Frightened, Anna struggles to learn the rules of this bizarre phenomenon and what David’s imaginary friends truly represent, even if it means coming to terms with the buried secrets of her own past.

Written in breezy, engaging and heartfelt style, Imaginary Things explores the power of the mind, the healing power of family, and that sometimes, getting back on track takes a little bit of magic.

Imaginary Things has been selected for features in ForeWord Magazine, Huffington Post, NPR, WSJ, Fiction Writer’s Review, Brit + Co, and many more! The novel was also chosen by Barnes & Noble as a featured title for their April FREE FRIDAYS campaign for all nooks.

See what other best-selling authors are saying below.

“Andrea Lochen writes another beautiful book, filled with vivid scenes, unforgettable characters, and oodles of heart. With a page-turning plot and an utterly unique concept, IMAGINARY THINGS entertains, inspires, and provokes thought–a perfect book club pick.”–Lori Nelson Spielman, author of international bestseller The Life List

“Cleverly written with a perfect touch of magic, Imaginary Things will take you on a journey of the unexpected, and leave you contemplating the power of your own mind.” ~Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of Your Perfect Life

“An honest, charming novel that blends reality and magical possibilities, hard struggles and small victories, starting over and daring to dare.”–Cathy Lamb, author of Julia’s Chocolates

“IMAGINARY THINGS reminded me again and again that the act of raising a child is a love story, a test of strength, and a thrill ride.”– Susanna Daniel, author of Stiltsville

About the Author

Andrea Lochen is a University of Michigan MFA graduate. Her first novel, The Repeat Year (Berkley, 2013), won a Hopwood Award for the Novel prior to its publication. She has served as fiction editor of The Madison Review and taught writing at the University of Michigan. She currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, where she was recently awarded UW Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

 

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