Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Cure for Dreams

Kaye Gibbons' book, A Cure for Dreams, was chosen by the local book club as our January selection.

This book was a pleasant surprise. It's the story of four generations of women told in the voice of Betty, the woman of the third generation. Betty mentions briefly her grandmother, Bridget, and her life in Kentucky, but she devotes most of her narrative to her own mother, Lottie, and the life Betty and Lottie lived in North Carolina. In the end Betty details the birth of her own daughter, Marjorie. Men exist only as peripheral characters in this novel. This is really about a family of strong women and their activities and how they relate to one another. Not deep literature, but a nice easy book to sandwich in when one wants light reading.



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