American Dreams follows the lives of four college friends, beginning with their senior prom in 1963. Xenia, earthy and funny and exuberant, follows her father's footsteps as a psychiatrist. Intense, emotional Jay discards his dream of writing fiction to become a successful TV sportscaster. Conrad, the epitome of prep-school confidence, slides into depression but eventually resigns himself to a peaceful life running an art gallery. Susan, shy and fragile, finds contentment in solitude as a wildlife photographer. Through marriages, career choices, love affairs, and deaths, the friends part and come together over 20 years, and at last reconcile themselves to the paths their lives have taken. Klein describes the same general events four times, from each character's viewpoint. We see the characters as their friends see them; then, with surprise, we see the entirely different ways they perceive themselves. Interesting and insightful.A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.