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The Dallergut Dream Department Store

The Dallergut Dream Department Store, July 2024
by Miye Lee

Hanover Square Press
288 pages
ISBN: 1335081178
EAN: 9781335081179
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Instantly enchanting!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Dallergut Dream Department Store
Miye Lee

Reviewed by Laura Mueller
Posted July 5, 2024

Paranormal | Fantasy Magical Realism | Fantasy Urban

Wouldn’t it be fascinating to go shopping for your dream each night? To be able to pick out an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime (or dreamtime) experience? To select a dream in which you could see a dearly departed loved one again? To get some kind of closure that you need in your waking life? THE DALLERGUT DREAM DEPARTMENT STORE helps its clients meet these needs and more each night when they come in to find a dream. Miye Lee’s THE DALLERGUT DREAM DEPARTMENT STORE follows Penny from being an aspiring employee through her adventures in her first year with the dream store.   THE DALLERGUT DREAM DEPARTMENT STORE is a feel-good magical realism story balanced and grounded with a hearty dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. The story has no plot; rather, this is a collection of vignettes in the life of running a dream department store. Penny finds herself doing everything from attending dream award shows to helping customers find love, heal from grief, or get prepared for the arrival of a new baby. A few of the more interesting threads that Lee begins to weave into her storyline frustratingly remain largely unresolved in this novel. But fans should take heart knowing that a sequel, Return to the Dallergut Dream Department Store, has been published internationally and will likely hit shelves in the US.  Whimsical, escapist, and instantly enchanting, Miye Lee’s debut novel has been a hit internationally and will be sure to charm and touch you if you’re looking for a glimpse into an imagined look at the operations that get our dreams up and running each night. If you are up for a light read that will undoubtedly help you forget the worries of your day, Lee’s THE DALLERGUT DREAM DEPARTMENT STORE is the next book for you.  

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ITH OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD, THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING SENSATION ARRIVES IN AMERICA. For fans of magical realism and the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series by Toshikazu Kawaguchi comes this cozy fantasy debut.

What if there was a store that sold dreams? Which would you buy? And who might you become when you wake up?

In a mysterious town hidden in our collective subconscious there's a department store that sells dreams. Day and night, visitors both human and animal shuffle in to purchase their latest adventure. Each floor specializes in a specific type of dream: childhood memories, food dreams, ice skating, dreams of stardom. Flying dreams are almost always sold out. Some seek dreams of loved ones who have died.

For Penny, an enthusiastic new hire, working at Dallergut is the opportunity of a lifetime. As she uncovers the workings of this whimsical world, she bonds with a cast of unforgettable characters, including Dallergut, the flamboyant and wise owner, Babynap Rockabye, a famous dream designer, Maxim, a nightmare producer, and the many customers who dream to heal, dream to grow, and dream to flourish.

A captivating story that will leave a lingering magical feeling in readers' minds, this is the first book in a bestselling duology for anyone exhausted from the reality of their daily life.

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