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A Dream Like Mine
A Dream Like Mine

A Dream Like Mine

(Exile Classics Series Number 16)

By M. T. Kelly, Introduction by Daniel David Moses

Exile Classics series


176 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: January 2010

ISBN 9781550961324

Rights: US, CA, AU, NZ, EUR & SAM

Exile Editions (Jan 2010)


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Considering whether it is moral to use radical and violent solutions to stop the destruction of the environment, this dark novel portrays a succession of fights over land rights and pollution in northern Ontario. As tensions increase, a local Canadian Native man decides to follow his vision of revenge by kidnapping the manager of the paper mill and a reporter who arrives on the scene.


Of A Dream Like Mine, Canada's respected and recognized fiction writer, poet, and playwright Gwendolyn MacEwen wrote: “this novel explores the real, unexplored country which lies within the country we think we have conquered. It is brutal and beautiful. Once opened, this book is almost impossible to close until completed. The dream is real! “A wonderful novel of obsession, terror and wild strangeness by a man with a strong sense of Native people and of the Native way. . . an extraordinary creation, unforgettable.” —Peter Matthiessen “A Dream Like Mine is intensely vivid and very ambitious as it weaves together the psychological, the historical, and the mythical into a parable that succeeds.” —Northrop Frye “M.T. Kelly never writes a boring sentence... one of the country’s most distinctive prose stylists.” —The Vancouver Sun “He gives much of cruelty and violation a compelling force.” —Canadian Book Review Annual “Kelly’s passion brings him close to love.” —Globe and Mail "Taught and disturbing." —Margaret Atwood Canada's great Lady of Letters, , has said in print about the narrator of A Dream Like Mine, and those who are fascinated by Indian culture: "The spirit of Grey Owl (a phony Englishman and conservationist who pretended to be native) will not rest. He walks again in M.T. Kelly's taught and disturbing A Dream Like Mine, where a violent sociopath is only concerned with himself. The beauty of the story is that everyone in it ultimately succumbs to his malign spell, and they become unable to experience the real wilderness." John Cheever, in his book O What a Paradise It Seemed, touches on similar themes as presented in A Dream Like Mine, notably the saving nature from the very thing that pollutes nature. Of A Dream Like Mine Cheever said: "M.T. Kelly is a major novelist. A Dream like Mine is an important book."

Author Biography

M. T. Kelly is the author of 8 books of fiction, including Out of the Whirlwind and Save Me Joe Louis. He lives in Toronto. Daniel David Moses is a poet and playwright and the author of Delicate Bodies, The Indian Medicine Show, and Sixteen Jesuses. He is a registered Delaware Indian who grew up on Six Nations lands near Brantford, Ontario. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.