Great Dream of Heaven

Great Dream of Heaven

by Sam Shepard
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Great Dream of Heaven by Sam Shepard

In eighteen stories unlike any in our contemporary literature, Sam Shepard explores the vast and rugged American West with the same parched intensity that has made him “the great playwright of his generation” (The New York Times).

A boy watches a “remedy man” tame a wild stallion, a contest that mirrors his own struggle with his father. A woman driving her mother’s ashes across the country has a strangely transcendent run-in with an injured hawk. Two aging widowers, in Stetsons and bolo ties, together make a daily pilgrimage to the local Denny’s, only to be divided by the attentions of their favorite waitress. Peering unblinkingly into the chasms that separate fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and strangers, these powerful tales bear the unmistakable signature of an American master.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307426109
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 404,120
File size: 494 KB

About the Author

Sam Shepard was the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifty-five plays and three story collections. As an actor, he appeared in more than sixty films, and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for The Right Stuff. He was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for his story collection Great Dream of Heaven. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He died in 2017.

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Great Dream of Heaven 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I log the hundreds of books I read into a journal, rating the books on a scale of 0-5. Out of 100 books, there are but a small handful of '5's' - those elusive, near perfect, engrossing, enchanting, brain and/or soul-stretching works that seem to only come along once in a blue moon. Great Dream of Heaven is a slender, precious 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very accessable read. Almost perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this to any thoughtful reader.
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