Dorothea Dreams

Dorothea Dreams

by Suzy McKee Charnas
     
 

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When her old friend, Ricky Maulders, who is dying cancer, visits artist Dorothea Howard, he discovers she's being held captive by the magical power of one of her own creations that she refuses to let go of, and haunted by the ghost of a judge in post-Revolution France. Dorothea insists that all she wants is to be left alone. But then three Chicano teens on the run

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When her old friend, Ricky Maulders, who is dying cancer, visits artist Dorothea Howard, he discovers she's being held captive by the magical power of one of her own creations that she refuses to let go of, and haunted by the ghost of a judge in post-Revolution France. Dorothea insists that all she wants is to be left alone. But then three Chicano teens on the run from the police and a gaggle of summer-school students violently enter Dorothea's life, and she's confronted with all the messy stuff (like "politics") she's always sought to avoid.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For two years artist Dorothea Howard has been embedding fragments of pottery, wire and glass in the wall of black volcanic rock on her property near Taos. Her solitude is broken when her old friend Ricky, a British travel writer dying of cancer, arrives, saying simply he was drawn to visit. While trying to unravel Dorothea's complex, frightening dreams which feature a 19th century lawyer who is a survivor of the French Revolution, Ricky urges his reluctant friend to show others the wall and move ahead in her artistic career. Then a group of Chicano teen-agers hunted by the police takes over the house. Dorothea's wall is discovered and Ricky's illness goes into crisis. Dorothea, awake, is confronted by her dream-ghost and must act on her convictions as moral, compassionate being and artist. Charnas (The Vampire Tapestry, is billed as a fantasy writer, but this novel, as beautifully layered as Dorothea's wall, is also a very human story about love and loss and continuation. (April 28)

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ISBN-13:
9781933500393
Publisher:
Aqueduct Press
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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