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Machine Dreams

Machine Dreams
Author: Jayne Anne Phillips
ISBN 13: 9780375705250
ISBN 10: 375705252
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1999-11-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $14.95

In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of Shelter introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American family profoundly affected by the extraordinary events of history. Here is a stunning chronicle that begins with the Depression and ends with the Vietnam War, revealed in the thoughts, dreams, and memories of each family member. Mitch struggles to earn a living as Jeans becomes the main breadwinner, working to coplete college and raise the family. While the couple fight to keep their marriage intact, their daughter Danner and son Billy forge a sibling bond of uncommon strength. When Billy goes off to Vietnam, Danner becomes the sole bond linking her family, whose dissolution mirrors the fractured state of America in the 1960s. Deeply felt and vividly imagined, this lyrical novel is "among the wisest of a generation to grapple with a war that maimed us all" (The Village Voice), by a master of contemporary fiction.

Charles McGrath

....[T]he novel's thrilling shocks arise from ordinary moments that suddenly burst with deep meaning we had not anticipated. -- The New York Times Books of the Century