Machine Dreams (Paperback)

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In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of "Shelter" introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American family profoundly affected by the extraordinary events of history. Here is a stunning chronicle that begins with the Depression and ends with the Vietnam War, revealed in the thoughts, dreams, and memories of each family member. Mitch struggles to earn a living as Jeans becomes the main breadwinner, working to coplete college and raise the family. While the couple fight to keep their marriage intact, their daughter Danner and son Billy forge a sibling bond of uncommon strength. When Billy goes off to Vietnam, Danner becomes the sole bond linking her family, whose dissolution mirrors the fractured state of America in the 1960s. Deeply felt and vividly imagined, this lyrical novel is "among the wisest of a generation to grapple with a war that maimed us all" ("The Village Voice"), by a master of contemporary fiction.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375705250
SKU 30522732
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375705252
Release Date 11/1/1999
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Jayne Anne Phillips
Jayne Anne Phillips's first two books, SWEETHEARTS (which won the Pushcart Prize in 1977) and COUNTING (which won the St. Lawrence Award for Fiction in 1979), were short stories published as chapbooks. Since then, her fiction has won innumerable awards, including the O. Henry, and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other institutions.
Praise
"This wonderful young writer has penetrated the definitive experience of her generation."
"A beautifully patterned novel that possesses the density of the highly ambitious work of art...The book will doubtless come to be seen as both a remarkable novelistic debut and an enduring literary achievement."
"'Machine Dreams', in its wisdom and its compassionate, utterly unsentimental rendering of the American condition, will rank as one of the great books of this decade."
"No number of books read or films seen can deaden one to the intimate act of art by which this wonderful young writer has penetrated the definitive experience of her generation."
From the Publisher
Annotation This chronicle of an ordinary middle-class family from the Depression to the Vietnam War--in which a beloved son is lost--is told from the points of view of a shifting collection of family members. When it was published in 1984, Phillips's novel was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
First Line It's strange what you don't forget.
Editors Note A succession of voices, evoking a broad spectrum of experiences, emotions, relationships, and historical eras, capture the inexorable movement of one American family toward dissolution amid the turmoil of the Vietnam controversy.
Editors Note 3 A succession of voices, evoking a broad spectrum of experiences, emotions, relationships, and historical eras, capture the inexorable movement of one American family toward dissolution amid the turmoil of the Vietnam controversy
Editors Note 4 In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of Shelter introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American family profoundly affected by the extraordinary events of history. Here is a stunning chronicle that begins with the Depression and ends with the Vietnam War, revealed in the thoughts, dreams, and memories of each family member. Mitch struggles to earn a living as Jeans becomes the main breadwinner, working to coplete college and raise the family. While the couple fight to keep their marriage intact, their daughter Danner and son Billy forge a sibling bond of uncommon strength. When Billy goes off to Vietnam, Danner becomes the sole bond linking her family, whose dissolution mirrors the fractured state of America in the 1960s. Deeply felt and vividly imagined, this lyrical novel is "among the wisest of a generation to grapple with a war that maimed us all" (The Village Voice), by a master of contemporary fiction.
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Number of Pages 0352
Publisher Vintage Books

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