A Cure for Dreams: A Novel

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Vintage Books, 1992 - Fiction - 170 pages
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In her novelsEllen FosterandA Virtuous Woman, Kaye Gibbons has compiled what one critic has called "a fictional oral history of female wishes [and] hopes." That tradition continues inA Cure for Dreams, a richly woven story that traces the bonds between four generations of Southern women through stories passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter. Gibbons shows us shrewd, resourceful women prevailing over hard times and heartless men and finding unexpected pleasures along the way: gossip, gambling, and the quiet satisfaction of knowing more than they're supposed to.

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Once I'd read [Ellen Foster] I couldn't' get enough of Kaye Gibbons, and devoured all the books by her I could find. This one is set in the small towns of Virginia and Kentucky and celebrates strong women who survive within their rural communities. Read full review

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User Review  - cherilove - LibraryThing

I have loved most of Ms. Gibbons' books, but could not read past the first few chapters of this one. Maybe I was just too set on a feel-good book for the weekend. Read full review

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Kaye Gibbons was born in Nash County, North Carolina, and attended North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. Gibbons was awarded the PEN/Revson fellowship for A Cure for Dreams, and has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is also the author of the novel A Virtuous Woman. A writer-in-residence at the LIbrary of North Carolina State University, she lives with her three daughters in Raleigh.

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