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Dreams of Sleep (Contemporary American Fiction) Paperback – May 7, 1985
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Alice is a wife who struggles with a secret- that she knows her husband has been having an affair with his secretary. Her knowledge has led her to spy on her at his office, stake out her house, and buy dressy clothes to wear around her. She obsesses about her own inadequacies, and her helplessness in the situation. Her husband seems a million miles away, and she knows her marriage is in trouble.
Will is dealing with two women he just can’t reach. He feels like something is wrong with Alice, and while he does what he can, he can’t help Claire with her problems. Once, he was deeply in love with Alice. He and Claire used to leave love letters for each other at the office, but the last one he left was never even opened. He may be a gynecologist, but he doesn't know a thing about women.
Iris Moon comes into Alice and Will’s lives as a babysitter, and is a breath of fresh air for the broken family. Although she is poor she is rich in wisdom and helps Alice become more confident and grounded. Iris has grown up in a different world, one based less on happiness and more on just surviving. She shines light upon all those around her, and embodies her name.
This book is well written but I had difficulty liking some of the characters. Alice’s discipline of the children at times is horrifying. As for Will? He could have been a little more discreet with his affair. Iris is the saving grace of the story, and her goodness helps to counter the shortcomings of others.
If you like to read stories set in Charleston, or books that deal with the ebb and flow of marital relationships, you will like this book. Josephine Humphreys is a talented writer, and this is a solid debut novel.
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This book was a direct recommendation from one of my favorite authors, and I was very glad I bought it! The story is not exactly a thriller, and not for everyone. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Katie
Honestly, this book wasn't that bad. Sure it had some dry spots, but what book doesn't ? I was given this book to read for one of my school projects/essays and i must say that it... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by T. Judge