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Dreams of Sleep (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series)by Josephine Humphreys
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Alice Reese knows that the cheerful sounds of her family eating breakfast mask a ten--year marriage falling apart. As Alice and her husband, Will, struggle to understand--and perhaps recapture--the feelings that drew them together in the first place, their interior lives are sensitively and convincingly explored.
"What is most captivating about this novel set in contemporary Charleston, South Carolina is the author's sensitivity in character development. Humphreys penetrates the mind of each of her principals—an unfaithful husband-and his wife, their children, his lover, and a young girl from the wrong side of the tracks—and gleans their individual perspectives on shared experiences. An aura of believability pervades this story, as each character meets and resolves his or her own life crisis. Cynical readers may snicker at the novel's idealistic conclusion, but Humphrey's deft analysis of both the male and female psyches is most compelling. The author's attention to descriptions of historic Charleston, her current home, is an added touch." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
About the Author
Josephine Humphreys is the author of Dreams of Sleep, which won the 1985 Hemingway Foundation Award for a first work of fiction; of Rich in Love, made into a major motion picture; and of The Fireman's Fair (all available from Penguin).
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