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The Sweetest Dream
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date January 1, 2003
Pages 496
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060937553
ISBN-10 0060937556
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.84 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
As Frances Lennox and her two sons try to make the best of their situation, which requires that they live with her conservative mother-in-law, her ex-husband Comrade Johnny dumps his second wife's problem child at her feet, in a dramatic novel that revisits the 1960s and recreates the tumultuous politcal landscape of the time, detailing the different male and female experiences of this era. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: This story of a family, spanning most of the twentieth century, has its fulcrum in the Sixties, that contradictory and embattled decade about which argument becomes louder each day. The youth of that time, bursting old bonds and demanding freedoms, were seen by some of their elders in a manner not at all as they saw themselves, as romantic idealists, but as deeply damaged people. Old Julia, the clan's matriarch, knows why. "You can't have two dreadful wars and then say 'That's it, and now everything will go back to normal.' They're screwed up, our children, they are the children of war."

Remarkable women, Julia and Frances, grandmother and mother, fight for "the kids" against obstacles, the worst being Comrade Johnny. Here is a memorable picture of a character only recently departed from our scene. "The revolution comes before personal matters" is his dictum, as he deposits discarded wives and hurt children in the accommodating house whose emotional center is always the extendable kitchen table, that essential prop of the Sixties, around which the family sits through the evenings, eating, joking, boasting about their shoplifting, debating the violent ideologies of the time that take some of them out to the Third World, another to a South African village dying of AIDS.

This novel reflects our recent history like a many-faceted mirror, and is full of people not easily forgotten, each -- for worse or for better, directly or indirectly -- made by war.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780066213347
 
from Harpercollins (February 1, 2002)
9780066213347 | details & prices | 478 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $26.95
About: As Frances Lennox and her two sons try to make the best of their situation living with her conservative mother-in-law, her ex-husband dumps his second wife's problem child at her feet, in a novel that recreates the tumultuous political landscape of the 1960s.
Paperback
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The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Perennial (January 1, 2003)
9780060937553 | details & prices | 496 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.84 lbs | List price $14.95
About: As Frances Lennox and her two sons try to make the best of their situation living with her conservative mother-in-law, her ex-husband dumps his second wife's problem child at her feet, in a novel that recreates the tumultuous political landscape of the 1960s.
Miscellaneous
With Doris May Lessing | from Harpercollins (March 17, 2009)
9780061760334 | details & prices | 496 pages | List price $10.99

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