The Mind's Eye

A Novel

by Paul Fleischman

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  • 9780805096743
  • 9781466860261

Eighty-eight-year old Elva and Courtney, an attractive sixteen-year-old with a severed spinal cord, lie in adjacent beds in a grim Bismarck, North Dakota convalescent home. Ignored by the world, the only resource they have left is their imagination.

As Elva and Courtney go on a fantasy trip to Italy (accompanied by Elva's long dead husband and guided by a 1910 travel book), Elva shows Courtney a new way to envision love. But to accept it, and the gift of the imagination, Courtney must make the trip her own--even if she destroys the art Elva holds most dear.

Written entirely in dialogue, The Mind's Eye can be performed as reader's theater, but it is a fully satisfying novel. In this extraordinarily innovative, profound, and yet readable book Paul Fleischman makes us all feel what a powerful--and dangerous--tool the imagination can be.


  • Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781466860261
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  • Title: The Mind's Eye
  • Author: Paul Fleischman
  • Imprint: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780805096743
  • 9781466860261

In The Press

"Disturbing and moving."—Kirkus Reviews

"Whether read solo or presented as a play, this novel, like much of Fleischman's (Weslandia) oeuvre, honors the power and life of mind and spirit."—Publishers Weekly


About The Author

Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. His most recent novel, Whirligig, was voted a Best Book of the Year by Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist, and a Notable Book by the New York Times. Paul Fleischman lives in Monterey, California.