Bigfoot Dreams

Bigfoot Dreams

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by Francine Prose
     
 

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Finally back in print, "Bigfoot Dreams"--a hilarious comedy of American psychology and pop culture. Vera, the bright, edgy heroine, works for a sleazy supermarket tabloid writing about UFO sightings, miracle cures, and the ever-popular Bigfoot. But then one of the stories Vera invented turns out to be true in ways she could never have dreamed. . . 288 pp. 15,000 print

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Finally back in print, "Bigfoot Dreams"--a hilarious comedy of American psychology and pop culture. Vera, the bright, edgy heroine, works for a sleazy supermarket tabloid writing about UFO sightings, miracle cures, and the ever-popular Bigfoot. But then one of the stories Vera invented turns out to be true in ways she could never have dreamed. . . 288 pp. 15,000 print.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
You can walk into Vera Perl's Brooklyn apartment house and pick her out of a clutch of tenants: you will recognize her charged, speculative voice. She writes for a yellow rag called This Week, thinks in absurd, alliterative headlines and tailors her made-up stories to photographs taken as if by chance by her colleague Solomon. The fun begins when Solomon snaps two kids selling lemonade on a lawn in Flatbush, and Vera endows them with names and a psychiatrist father, and the water used in the lemonade with astonishing curative qualitiesall of which, except possibly the last, turns out to be true. The paper is slapped with a lawsuit, Vera is fired, her estranged husband Lowell flies in from Los Angeles for a night of love and leaves several days later with their daughter Rosalie. This gives Vera the chance, via a Cryptobiological Society meeting at the Grand Canyon, to pursue her dreams of the eponymous Bigfoot, a monster whose footprints are the size of bathtubs and whose arms shatter buildings with a single swipe. Prose's (Hungry Hearts account of these high jinks conveys every scene with psychedelic gusto, an authenticity of language and setting, and an acute sense of character. This is a lollapalooza of a novel, which keeps the reader hanging on every word and conjures believing out of make-believe. (April 23)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This "lively and upbeat" story follows the life of a tabloid journalist whose professional and family life has gotten so screwy that she dreams the "legendary creature will rescue her" (LJ 4/1/86). She is redeemed somewhat when one of her goofy stories turns out to be true.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394549767
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1986
Pages:
280

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One of our finest writers...she's deft and deep, and the fun she has here with popular culture is wonderful.

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