A Child's Night Dream is an arresting novel that seethes with rage, writhes with pain and searches for a psychic unity that forever eludes its protagonist, young Oliver Stone. Like Dean Moriarty in On the Road, the fictional Oliver is alienated from the stultifying American nation in which he lives. Abandoning his parents and his Ivy League education, he flees towards a hell far more brutal than he could have ever imagined -- a world of barroom whores, psychedelic drugs, and killing fields of indescribable proportion. His head torn apart, his emotions sundered, he begins an epic journey that will lead him through the merchant marines, an unceremonious return to American soil, and a flight into madness south of the border into Mexico.A Child's Night Dream is a voyage into the unconscious mind, a work that celebrates the power of dream, which can propel both the protagonist and the reader to the brink of reality and then veer back to calmer waters. It is an extraordinary trip that no reader will soon forget.