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"Dreaming Sally" is a true story of first love, sudden death and synchronicity set against the countercultural turmoil of the 1960s. The book is the third and last in a thematic trilogy of creative non-fiction.

By 1968, the fabled Summer of Love has fragmented into global violence and despair – the murders of King and Kennedy, My Lai, Paris, Prague, Chicago.

The personal is political. Consumed by his passion for Sally Wodehouse, his teenaged sweetheart, 21 year old George Orr awakens one morning from a compelling dream impossible to ignore: 

Sally will die while traveling through Europe this summer, and I am powerless to stop it.  

On August 13, 1968, when the catastrophe unfolds exactly as foretold, George is cast like Orpheus into the Underworld, and whether he will return from the dark grip of the uncanny, no one can predict.  

When the dream came
I held my breath
with my eyes closed.
I went insane,
like a smoke ring day
when the wind blows.
Now I won't be back
till later on
if I do come back at all.

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, On the Way Home, 1968
(Reprinted by permission of Hal Leonard Music)

Published by Penguin Random House Canada, 
August 28, 2018.

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Promotional video of 1968 "European Odyssey" (32 minutes)

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Recommended articles and books on dreaming, myth,   synchronicity, quantum physics, and psi phenomena:

The Architectural Uncanny, Arthur Vidler

Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light, Leonard Shlain

Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality, Edited by Edward F. Kelly, Adam Crabtree and Paul Marshall

The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

C.G. Jung’s Psychology of Religion and Synchronicity, Robert Aziz

Chance and Chaos, David Ruelle

Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness, Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham

Connecting With Coincidence, Bernard Breitman

The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena, Dean Radin

The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature, Heinz Pagels

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, Richard Tarnas

The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Challenging Constructs of Mind and Reality, Joseph Chilton Pearce

Delusion and Dream in Wilhelm Jensen’s Gradiva, Sigmund Freud

Demystifying Meaningful Coincidences (Synchronicities): The Evolving Self, the Personal Unconscious, and the Creative Process, Gibbs A. Williams

The Discovery of the Unconscious, Henri Ellenberger

Dream Machine: The Mind-Expanding World of Quantum Computing, Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, May 2, 2011

Dreams and Telepathy, Sigmund Freud

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, Leonard Mlodinow

Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind, Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer

Freud’s Mirror: The Dreaming Brain, the Ancient Art of Memory, and Why the Science/Humanities Divide Might Be Bridgeable After All, Eric Wargo, blog

The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

Hidden Channels of the Mind, Louisa Rhine

Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity, Alan Vaughan

The Innermost Kernel: Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics, Suzanne Gieser

Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, Edited by Edward F. Kelly, Emily Williams Kelly, et al

Jung and the Myth of Orpheus, Julian David, lecture, 2012

Jung, Synchronicity and Human Destiny: Non-Causal Dimensions of Human Experience, Ira Progoff

Luck, Lapham’s Quarterly, Summer 2016

Myths To Live By, Joseph Campbell

On Divination and Synchronicity: The Psychology of Meaningful Chance, Marie-Louise Von Franz

Paranormal Foreknowledge: Problems and Perplexities, Jule Eisenbud

The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and Its Impact Today, Harald Atmanspacher and Christopher Fuchs, editors

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis, Annie Jacobsen

The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives, Larry Dossey

Psyche and Matter, Marie-Louise von Franz

Psychoanalysis and the Occult, George Devereaux, editor

Quantum Psychoanalysis: Interpreting Precognitive Dreams, Eric Wargo (blog)

Revelations of Chance: Synchronicity as Spiritual Experience, Roderick main

The Roots of Coincidence, Arthur Koestler

The Rupture of Time: Synchronicity and Jung’s Critique of Modern Western Culture, Roderick Main

Synchronicity, Carl Jung

Synchronicity: The Anatomy of Coincidence, Carolyn North

Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Mind and Matter, F. David Peat

Synchronicity: C.G. Jung, Psychoanalysis and Religion, M.D. Faber

Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, Joseph Jaworski

Synchronicity, Myth and the New World Order, Charles Eisenstein

Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, Joseph Cambray

Synchronicity: Science, Myth and the Trickster, Allan Combs and Mark Holland

Synchronicity, Science and Soulmaking: Understanding Jungian Synchronicity Through Physics, Buddhism and Philosophy, Victor Mansfield

The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra

There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives, Robert H. Hopcke

Trauma Displaced In Time: Premonition, Synchronicity and Enjoyment, Eric Wargo, “The Nightshirt” blog

Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art, Lewis Hyde

Beyond Coincidence, Alex Tanous with Harvey Ardman

The Third Man Factor, John Geiger

The ‘Uncanny’, Sigmund Freud

Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind, Janine De Peyer, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2016

Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream?: A Study of Psychic Presences, James Grotstein

Wounded Masculinity: Parsifal and the Fisher King, Richard A. Sanderson

Recommended Reading on the 1960s:

Achilles In Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, Jonathan Shay

The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s, David Farber

All Dressed Up: The Sixties and the Counterculture, Jonathon Green

America 1968: The Fire This Time, Max Hastings

Angry Decade: The Sixties, Paul Sann

Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer

Bomb Culture, Jeff Nuttall

Boom: Talking About the Sixties, Tom Brokaw

The Boomers’ Last Chance, Michael Kinsley, The Atlantic, October 2010

Born At The Right Time: A History of the Baby Boom Generation, Doug Owram

Children of Privilege: Student Revolt in the Sixties, Cyril Levitt

Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, The FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence, Bryan Burrough

Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the ‘60s, Peter Collier and David Horowitz

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe

Eros and Civilization, Herbert Marcuse

A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties In American History, Dominick Cavallo

Fire in the Streets: America in the 1960s, Milton Viorst

Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties, Morris Dickstein

Good Times: An Oral History of America in the 1960s, Peter Joseph

Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation, Landon Y. Jones

The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, Leonard Steinhorn

Growing Up Absurd, Paul Goodman

High Sixties: Summers of Riot and Love, Roger Hutchinson

The Hippie Dictionary, John Bassett McCleary

How the Hippies Saved Physics, David Kaiser

The Last Season of Innocence: The Teen Experience in the 1960s, Victor Brooks

Life Against Death, Norman Brown

The Long 1968, Daniel Sherman

Love: A History, Simon May

The Making of a Counterculture, Theodore Rozak

The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America’s Most Audacious Generation, Theodore Roszak

Making Peace With the Sixties, David Burner & Sandra Burner

1968, Michael Kaufman

1968 And After: Inside the Revolution, Tariq Ali

1968: A Personal Report, Hans Koning

1968 In America, Charles Kaiser

1968: The Year That Rocked The World, Mark Kurlansky

Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, Jonathan Shay

Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties, Harris Wofford

The Politics of Experience, R.D. Laing

The Pursuit of Loneliness: American Culture at Breaking Point, Philip Slater

Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties, Richard Goodwin

The Sixties, Jenny Diski

The Sixties, Arthur Marwick

The Sixties, Lynda Obst and Robert Kingsley (Rolling Stone)

The 60s: A Very Peculiar History, David Arscott

The Sixties: From Memory To History, David Farber, Ed.

The Sixties: Recollections of the Decade from Harper’s Magazine

The Sixties: The Story of a Decade, The New Yorker

The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade, Gerard DeGroot

The Sixties Without Apology, Sohnya Sayres

The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage, Todd Gitlin

Stories Done: Writings On The 1960s And Its Discontents, Mikal Gilmore

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties, Tariq Ali

The Unravelling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s, Allen Matusow

The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon

The Year of the Barricades: A Journey Through 1968, David Caute

The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America, Jules Witcover

                          Books on Psychedelia:

Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion, Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain

The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley

The Drug Experience: First Person Accounts of Addicts, Writers, Scientists, and Others, David Ebin, Ed.

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge, Terence McKenna

How To Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, Michael Pollan

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous, Stanislav Grof

The Politics of Ecstasy, Timothy Leary

Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream, Jay Stevens

Tripping the Bardo With Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story, Joanna Harcourt-Smith


                     Books on 1960s Music and Film:

Artificial Paradise: The Dark Side of the Beatles’ Utopian Dream, Kevin Courrier

Blown Away: The Rolling Stones and the Death of the Sixties, A.E. Hotchner

Chronicles, Volume One, Bob Dylan

The Doors, Greil Marcus

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and Rock n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, Peter Biskind

John Lennon: The Life, Philip Norman

Life, Keith Richards

Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History, Devin McKinney

Mick Jagger, Philip Norman, 2012

No One Here Gets Out Alive, Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarman

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, Mark Harris

Read The Beatles: Classic and New Writings On The Beatles, Their Legacy, And Why They Still Matter, June Skinner Sawyers, Ed.

Revolution in the Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties, Ian MacDonald

Testimony, Robbie Robertson

Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young

With The Beatles, Lewis Lapham

Year By Year in the Rock Era, Herb Hendler





James FitzGerald
Journalist and Author
Toronto, Canada