In the Land of Dreamy Dreamsby Ellen Gilchrist
IN THE LAND OF DREAMY DREAMS, Ellen Gilchrist's acclaimed 1981 debut collection of short stories, introduced readers to a remarkable Southern voice which has sustained its power and influence through her more than 20 subsequent books. Gilchrist has a distinctive ear for language, and a deep understanding of her flawed, sometimes tragic characters. These fourteen… See more details below
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IN THE LAND OF DREAMY DREAMS, Ellen Gilchrist's acclaimed 1981 debut collection of short stories, introduced readers to a remarkable Southern voice which has sustained its power and influence through her more than 20 subsequent books. Gilchrist has a distinctive ear for language, and a deep understanding of her flawed, sometimes tragic characters. These fourteen stories, divided into three sections - There's a Garden of Eden, Things Like the Truth, and Perils of the Nile - are about mostly young, upper-class Southern women who are bored with the Junior League and having babies, and chafe against the restrictions of their sheltered lives. Talented and bright, but living in the shadow of men - their husbands and fathers - they resort to outrageous actions in pursuit of freer lives and uncompromised love, despite the consequences. This collection first introduced readers to some of Gilchrist's most beloved characters, such as Rhoda Manning and Nora Jane Whittington.
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Ellen Gilchrist is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including novels, short story collections, essays and poetry. Her new collection of stories, ACTS OF GOD, will be published in April 2014 by Algonquin, along with the paperback release of her novel A DANGEROUS AGE. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at the University of Arkansas.
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I love Ellen Gilchrist! -- anything she writes. This short story collection is beautifully written, mildly disorienting -- like waking from an afternoon nap where you're not sure if the dream you had was a good or bad one -- or maybe you just overheard the murmers of people in the next room taking about people you used to know. The stories stick to you like your own distant family members, odd but strangely familiar. And they have a flavor of the South -- you can feel the humidity and taste the biscuits and smell the fried chicken -- and you definitely need that glass of sweet tea to help you catch your breath.
ALL of Gilchrist's works are exceptional! But she has been wrongly categorized in the Nook newsletter; she is NOT an emerging author and it can't be a "nook first" book when it's been around since 1981. I read it in paper back in the 80s. She's a long estabilshed, gifted author! Hope she has many more books in her! : )
This was one of the weirdest things I've read in a long time. Each chapter is a different character with the town/area linking them together. Not even sure why I kept reading it...