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``Everybody is real [sic] the same. Not some more real and some less,'' observes the narrator of the title tale of this new collection of eight stories from Crone (The Winnebago Mysteries). This book, which won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize, concerns a declining movie star who returns to her Louisiana hometown to escape a scandal in Hollywood. Indeed, the strength of Crone's short fiction is the realism that the author grants to her characters and their situations: a divorced couple meeting over dinner in New Orleans to discuss their daughter's schooling, in the process reawakening tender feelings for each other (``There is a River in New Orleans''); an unemployed father of a baby girl who has an affair with a teenager while his wife is away on business (``Fever''). All the stories are set in Louisiana (Crone teaches creative writing at Louisiana State University), depicted as a culturally hybrid landscape where traditional rules collide with individual desires. The psychological aspects of most of the tales, generally voiced by forthcoming, self-reflective narrators, seem obvious. While readers may appreciate the accessibility and earnestness of the collection, they won't have to strain to figure out the kind of world Crone is creating for her characters: one marked by confusion about self, love and future.

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Eight deliciously irreverent stories in which love, politics, shady deals, hurricanes, and sweet fevers blend in contemporary Louisiana
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; 2nd edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578060974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578060979
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,028,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Ryan on December 29, 2002
I enjoy visiting New Orleans, and the tendency is to just read guides and history books. But excellent fiction, such as Ms. Crone's Dream States, provides as much, or more, insight into the local scene and what makes southern Louisiana unique and worth visiting. Each of the eight stories introduces different characters who provide a cross section of local attitudes, vocabulary, world view and adaptation to one of the few remaining authentic regional cultures in the United States. Highly recommended.
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