The Beginner's Book of Dreams

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The Beginner's Book of Dreams: A Novel

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Overweight Esme Singer eats her way into adolescence--as her beautiful, divorced mother boozes and searches for the perfect man, and her irresponsible father promises the moon but delivers nothing. ``Benedict's masterful second novel evokes the anxieties of childhood and adolescence with rare clarity,'' stated PW. (June)
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Esme Singer grows up in the shadow of a beautiful but immature and alcoholic mother. Sadly estranged from her long-distance father, who is always about to cash in on a sure-fire moneymaking scheme, she has little interest in her mother's various husbands and lovers. Esme longs for the stability of her friend Leah's household, although she believes Leah's parents to be intellectually far superior to her. Yet it is Leah's famous photographer father who encourages the adolescent Esme to pursue her talent for photography. Off to art school goes Esme, seeking and finding social and intellectual maturation all at once. Told with humor and sensitivity, Esme's story will appeal to younger women with similar stories. Mary K. Prokop, CEL Regional Lib., Savannah, Ga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553347036
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1989
  • Edition description: Bantam ed
  • Pages: 336

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Benedict
Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of Almost, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year, a Newsweek Best Fiction Book of the Year, and a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. She is also the author of three other novels, as well as The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers. She lives in New York City.

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