Eden Butler, author
Nash Nation loves zeroes and ones, over-sized monitors and late office hours. He’s too busy taking over the world to make time for relationships—that is, until his new neighbor Willow O’Bryant barges into his life, and now Nash can’t shake the feeling that this isn’t the first time she’s interrupted his world. Then, the dreams start. And in the dreams—memories. Memories of a girl named Sookie who couldn’t count on love or friendship, never mind forever. Memories of a library and a boy called Isaac and secrets made in private that destroyed his world. The memories seem real, but who do they belong to? When Nash and Willow discover the truth, life as they know it unravels. The bridge between this life and the next is shored up by blood and bone and memory. Sometimes, that bridge leads to the place we’ve always wanted to be.
Butler (Fall) beautifully weaves three interracial romances into a single satisfying work. Brooklyn programmer Nash Nation is focused on getting his company started to the detriment of everything else, including sleep. When his attractive neighbor Willow helps him finally get some rest, he dreams of Prohibition-era New Orleans, seeing through the eyes of black delivery girl Sookie as she falls in love with her rich white neighbor, Dempsey. Willow, meanwhile, dreams of 1967 Washington, D.C., where university tutor Riley is falling for her student Isaac despite her abusive ex-boyfriend and the tensions of the civil rights movement. As Nash and Willow’s relationship becomes more passionate, they realize that the dreams they share are actually memories, pointing their way to a happy ending. Butler’s lush descriptions evoke the love and terror the past couples feel as they face violence that threatens their relationships and lives. The complex structure crystallizes into an impressive resolution that ties up loose threads hidden in the very first pages. This splendid story is destined for many a keeper shelf. (BookLife)