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In the Land of Dreamy Dreams is Ellen Gilchrist's fabled first collection of stories, the book that won her acclaim in 1981 and to which each of her subsequent works has been compared. Peopled largely with young southern females who chafe against the restrictions of their upper-class lives, these stories convey the humor and tragedy to be found wherever retreat into imagination is preferred over reality. Introduced here are Nora Jane Whittington, Rhoda Manning, and other recurring Gilchrist characters beloved for...
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In the Land of Dreamy Dreams is Ellen Gilchrist's fabled first collection of stories, the book that won her acclaim in 1981 and to which each of her subsequent works has been compared. Peopled largely with young southern females who chafe against the restrictions of their upper-class lives, these stories convey the humor and tragedy to be found wherever retreat into imagination is preferred over reality. Introduced here are Nora Jane Whittington, Rhoda Manning, and other recurring Gilchrist characters beloved for their failures, tenacity, and all-too-human hope in the face of frustrated love.

Ellen Gilchrist is the author of nineteen books, including The Annunciation and Victory Over Japan, winner of the National Book Award. Born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi, she lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
"It's difficult to review a first book as good as this one without resorting to every known superlative cliché...Gilchrist is the real thing."
Times Literary Supplement
“A sustained display of delicately and rhythmically modulated prose and an unsentimental dissection of raw sentiment. Her stories are perceptive, her manner is both stylish and idiomatic – a rare and potent combination.”
New York Times Book Review
“Gilchrist possess a distinctive voice, and blends a sense of poignancy with an often outrageously Gothic humor.”
Literary Review
“Witty, concise and wonderfully varied.”
Raleigh News & Observer
“Her prose is quick-witted and urbane and as gossipy as Vanity Fair. Quite simply there is no Southern writer quite like her.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316313049
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/1985

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Never pass up an Ellen Gilchrist collection -- she's a great storyteller!

    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.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    ALL of Gilchrist's works are exceptional! But she has been wrong

    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! : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Strange Read

    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...

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