My Dreams Out in the Street

My Dreams Out in the Street

by Kim Addonizio


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ISBN-13: 9780743297738
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kim Addonizio is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections, including What Is This Thing Called Love and Tell Me, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Microfiction, Narrative, The Mississippi Review, and others. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEA grants, Addonizio lives in Oakland, California.

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My Dreams out in the Street 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kim Addonizio is a marvelous original. She writes like a divine union of Flannery O¿Conner and Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler. She¿s one of the most unadorned, artful spiritual writers I know. My Dreams Out in the Street has everything I look for in a contemporary novel. Rita, its lead character, is compelling. Alternately sexy, mysterious, stupid, resourceful, and inept, She moves through San Francisco¿s underbelly with unflagging desperation. Struggling to survive, Rita is one of those people who never got an even break. She wants to climb out of the hole she¿s in to a better life, but doesn¿t know how. She¿s hungry to get right with God, who appeared to her once in a childhood vision but has been woefully absent since, and she wants to find Jimmy, her husband who left their apartment one night after an argument and disappeared. Along the way, she sees something she shouldn¿t, is hunted by a psychotic deadbeat, and hooks up with a married private investigator who helps her and promises to find Jimmy. The story alternates between these three points of view, and Addonizio does a masterful job of interweaving the characters¿ separate-yet-parallel stories, especially through the last third of the book as the plot quickens and various elements come together in surprising, satisfying ways. Without giving away everything, I can tell you that I lost two good nights¿ sleep fearing that Rita would soon be murdered. All through the narrative, Addonizio¿s eye for nuance, description, and detail is a gifted poet¿s eye. Her depictions of homelessness and desperate urban street life are achingly poignant and scary. And yet, and yet! She believes in grace, in spiritual integrity: ¿The streetlights came on all together. Lights began flaring in windows up and down the block, where people were returning to families or friends, looking forward to the holiday soon they would give thanks, grateful to spend a few hours with those they had chosen or been given to love, those they had gathered around them to help them live.¿ I wish I¿d written that! Reward yourself for any little or big thing and spend some time with this book. If you¿re paying attention, if you¿ve got a pulse, you can¿t help but fall in love with these characters and their creator. --Robert McDowell, the Poetry Mentor and author of Poetry as Spiritual Practice, available July 2008 from Free Press/Simon & Schuster
rocketjk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There's a lot of rough stuff in this book about a young woman who finds herself living and sometimes selling herself on the streets of San Francisco's Haight/Asbury and Tenderloin districts, and the people who orbit her life in one way or another. The sights, smells and feel of some of SF's seedier sections are drawn exceedingly well. There is a lot here that it ugly but a lot of the background action is based on real events: the private investigator in the story is based on a real person, and many of the incidents either portrayed or described in passing are events he witnessed or learned of through his daily work.At any rate, there is a lot of tough but beautiful writing here, characters that are well drawn and hold a reader's interest without being over sentimentalized, and a cascading storyline that builds to what I found to be an excellent finish.Full disclosure time: Kim Addonizio is a friend of mine, as is the PI whose stories greatly inform the novel and to whom the book is dedicated.
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