Anna Sun’s first novel, DREAMERS OF THE ABSOLUTE, is the story of a young woman searching for both love and the meaning of life. This may seem common enough fodder for a novel, but in the modest hands of Sun, a quiet masterpiece emerges. This young woman travels to rural Kentucky to visit her brother, her only living relative, who has taken a vow of silence at a Trappist Monastery. Unable to speak with him, she spends seven days contemplating and reflecting on past relationships, as well as her own future. Quiet, meditative and revelatory, this small novel is a powerful reminder of the importance that simplicity and beauty play in literature.