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Mankind's Best-kept Secret Found in Dreams

When does a dream become a reality? Find out in Louis Villalba's haunting new novel, The Stranger's Enigma.

    CHICAGO, IL, June 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A physician struggles to unveil the enigma of perpetual youth and joy that hides in his dreams as he stumbles into true love and mankind's best-kept secret, which has remained hidden one generation after another.

Victim of tedious home life and relentless job stress, Dr. Daniel Brandon finds his nightly dreams his only escape. He records his lucid visions and gets to know the liberated sexual stranger at the center of it all, someone who resembles him physically and seems to hold the secret of eternal youth and joy. Brandon sets out to unveil the stranger's enigma and begins to pick up on clues in his dreams:

"The secret might be in the pillow that he embraces while he spins along a long hall, or amid algae in the water where he plunges into, or inside the envelope a mailman delivers to me in a recurrent dream."

As Brandon's project and marital relationship falter, a malpractice suit pushes him on the brink of suicide. He meets a woman in a dream, falls madly in love with her, and feels revitalized by the new romance. When his goal appears within reach and the ardent desire to be with his beloved together within his dream world forever grows irresistible, he attempts an experiment that will permanently change his life.

Set in a real waking world under the whimsical rule of the dream world, this novel engages readers in a romantic adventure full of fantasies. The elements of dream interpretation unfold throughout the narrative as if a manual for bridging the gap between these two worlds, bringing to light the person who lives in our own dreams and what we can learn from this character.

For the first time in a novel, Villalba have been able to combine his passion for fiction writing with his thirty-odd years of experience as a professor of neurology.

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About Louis Villalba
Born in Cadiz, Spain, Louis Villalba graduated with a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Seville, Spain. He completed his training in neurology at Chicago Medical School where he taught for over thirty years. Board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology, he has published seventy-three scientific papers and book chapters over the course of his extensive career.

Inspired to pursue both fiction and nonfiction writing, Villalba studied creative writing at Northwestern University. His first book for the public, The Silver Teacup: Tales of Cadiz, was published in 2012 and contains short stories of historical fiction. Villalba left the practice of neurology to write full time. For more information, visit

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