The Cure for Dreaming

Available from Amulet Books 
Hardcover, ISBN 9781419712166
Paperback, ISBN 9781419719417
Audiobook available from Recorded Books 

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

Awards & Recognition:

• 2015 Rise: A Feminist Book Project
VOYA's 2014 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
YALSA's 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
2015 Capitol Choices Nominee 
2014 Tiptree Award Longlist
2014 Oregon Spirit Book Award Shortlist 
2016-2017 South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee  
2017-2018 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee 


“[A] gripping, atmospheric story of mind control and self-determination.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Winters combines the history of women’s rights in the early 20th century with a spellbinding story of a young woman caught at a crossroads between family and self.”
School Library Journal 

“Winters (In the Shadow of Blackbirds) creates a rich, gothic backdrop (further brought to life through period photographs and illustrations) for a story that will open many readers’ eyes to historical injustices inflicted on women—injustices with plenty of present-day parallels.”
Publishers Weekly

“Winters continues to be a refreshing, incisive talent with a unique perspective.”

“The story is infused with dramatic tension  . . . and the tension is held until the end of the book.”
VOYA Magazine (5Q review)

“A wonderful book filled with humor, compassion and yes, anger . . . Winters creates a classic story of how a clever young girl can find her own way in the world. Jo March for the 21st century.”
The Historical Novels Review

“Fluid boundaries between what’s tangible and what’s intuited, lucidity and unconsciousness, sanity and madness are particularly apt for this story about hypnotism and emotional manipulation.”
The Horn Book

“As much a provocative social commentary as it is a well-crafted coming-of-age story, The Cure for Dreaming is a positively unique edition to this year’s young adult collection.”
ALAN Picks

The Cure for Dreaming proves the potential, relevance, and importance of YA fiction. It’s entertaining, educational and mystical. YA naysayers may have just met their match.”
Starburst Magazine


Music: "Mostly Ghostly," composed and performed by Kristen Lawrence.

Video created by booktuber Sarah Elise Kent.