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Kris Waldherr


“The Lost History of Dreams”


Brooklyn, NY


Kris Waldherr’s debut novel The Lost History of Dreams was published earlier this year by Atria Books. It received a Kirkus-starred review and was praised by Booklist as “an unexpected delight.” Her nonfiction books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” while The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a works-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers. Kris is also the creator of The Goddess Tarot, which has over a quarter of a million copies in print. Follow her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @KrisWaldherr.

About “The Lost History of Dreams”

“Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review. When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is found dead in his bath one morning in 1850, arrangements are left to his estranged cousin, historian turned postmortem photographer Robert Highstead. De Bonne’s will instructs that he should be buried in a stained glass chapel set on the Shropshire moors, built to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. It has since been locked to all outsiders—especially the rabid, cultlike fans of de Bonne’s final book, The Lost History of Dreams. Only Ada’s grief-stricken niece, Isabelle, holds the key, but she refuses to open the chapel unless Robert agrees to her bargain: Before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record the real story behind her aunt’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights—a story that is both love story and ghost story.