The First Principles of Dreaming

The First Principles of Dreaming


By Beth Goobie


What if Carrie had been written by a woman and a feminist?

It’s 1977, and Mary-Eve Hamilton is plodding through her final year at Eleusis High School. Mary-Eve's mother, famed prophetess at the Waiting for the Rapture End Times Tabernacle, regularly has visions, foams at the mouth, and falls down rigid. Her father, a popular deacon, hides his abuse behind a Sunday morning facade.

Mary-Eve herself appears to be a dutiful teenager, her entire life regulated by the prescriptive rules of their church. Inside, she’s biding her time and waiting for emancipation from her family's strictures and secrets. That day comes when Mary-Eve befriends Dee Eccles, an eighteen-year-old pagan goddess from the other side of everything.

Dee instantly re-christens Mary-Eve with the name Jezebel, Jez for short, and begins her initiation into the women’s mysteries of makeup, skin-tight jeans, and otherworldly glory. But Jez quickly learns that Dee has her own secrets, and that demons are not confined to the Waiting for the Rapture End Times Tabernacle.

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About the Author

Beth Goobie grew up in Guelph, ON, where the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. Beth moved to Winnipeg to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker, and also studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of 23 novels, mainly for young adults, including The Pain Eater, The Lottery and the CLA award-winning Before Wings. Also a published poet, Beth makes her home in Saskatoon.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 1, 2014

  • $19.95 Paperback

  • 266 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.5

  • Adult Fiction

  • ISBN: 9781927583272


Awards for The First Principles of Dreaming

  • 2015 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic Longlist/Honourable Mention

"An unsettling and unnerving erotic exploration of a young woman’s psyche, Beth Goobie’s mix of sexuality, morality, and religious fundamentalism is a coming-of-age tale unlike any other." - Sunburst Award Honourable Mention

Praise for The First Principles of Dreaming

"This deeply engrossing and powerful novel by Goobie draws readers in and squeezes tight." - Publishers Weekly

"Beth Goobie has written novels for teens before and now turns her hand to a coming-of-age novel which exposes the complexity of a young woman’s shifting identity.... The style is intense and highly emotive." - Buried in Print

"...An uncanny and surreal read: Goobie adeptly taps into the novelty and intensity of being a teenager where things are sensed and felt, rather than known." - The Coastal Spectator

"Beth Goobie’s The First Principles of Dreaming is a beautifully written magic-realist treatise on the power of pain and loss." - Paper Droids

"Goobie is a talented prose stylist with an admirable mix of Old Testament and new world references and rhythms." - Saskatoon StarPhoenix