The law of dreams is a brilliantly written novel about one of the most under recognized events in the lives over 80000000 people scattered around the globe peter behrens is a phenomenal artist whose imagination and memory honors the lives of millions of the irish victims including his great grandparents who suffered under english . The law of dreams is a historical fiction novel about the irish potato famine by canadian author peter behrens published in 2006 by house of anansi press it was the recipient of that years governor generals award for english language fiction. The law of dreams is a brilliant heart felt celebration of the capacity of the human spirit fueled by hope to prevail in the face of the worst life can offer howard frank mosher i was amazed and moved by peter behrenss the law of dreams. The law of dreams is an absorbing unsparing and beautifully written account of one young mans escape from the charnel house that ireland becameif his story is harsh his writing is seamless and often gorgeous he is adroit at creating then dispatching indelible characters in a few deft strokes. The law of dreams follows fergus obrien from ireland to liverpool and wales during the great potato famine of 1847 and then beyond to a harrowing atlantic crossing to montreal on the way fergus loses his family discovers a teeming world beyond the hill farm where he was born and experiences three great loves
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