The Trajectory of Dreams

Lela White hasn’t been the same since the space shuttle disintegrated into a bright blue sky when she was a ten year old girl–since her mother disappeared without a word or explanation. As an adult, Lela’s life revolves around planning for the worst case scenario: the day she might have to kill to keep the space shuttle from exploding again.

When a Russian cosmonaut on loan to the U.S. shuttle program finds himself drawn to Lela, he puts her carefully-constructed world at risk of an explosion as surely as he does his own upcoming launch. As Lela’s universe unravels, no one is safe.

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Available in paperback and ebook from Bitingduck Press (2013)

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Praise for The Trajectory of Dreams

“A skillful mainstream examination of a psychotic woman’s final descent into insanity.”

— From Publishers Weekly
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“Well written and engaging, this debut novel […] takes us through the mind of a woman teetering on the edge of madness. It is at times uncomfortable, frightening, and anxiety inducing, but always entertaining.”

— From NY Journal of Books

“The Trajectory of Dreams is a wholly original and fearlessly dark novel, an interesting combination of psychological thriller and character study. In Lela White, Wolverton has created one of the most haunting unreliable narrators I’ve ever come across […] and Wolverton is at her best in her depiction of the queasy mismatch between Lela’s perceptions and what the reader knows or suspects to be true.”

— From The Millions

“The Trajectory of Dreams is unsettling, beautifully written, and truly original. In Lela White, Nicole Wolverton has created one of the most haunting characters in contemporary fiction. This is a remarkable debut.”

— Emily St. John Mandel,
author of National Book Award Finalist and Arthur C. Clark Award-Winning Station Eleven

“This novel is a free dive into the bottomless ocean of insanity. With every chapter, every kick of the fins, you’re sucked in deeper as the darkness mounts and the pressure builds. And like the ocean, The Trajectory of Dreams gives up its secrets grudgingly, so you’ll continually be stunned as the protagonist, Lela, falls to her inevitable implosion.”

— Mike Mullin, author of
the Ashfall series.

“Nicole Wolverton’s The Trajectory of Dreams leads readers into a seemingly orderly world that spirals into madness. Just when you think you understand — you hope you don’t!”

— Jenny Wingfield, author of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
 and screenwriter of
 The Man In the Moon (1991)