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Title: Machine Dreams
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Book Condition: VERY GOOD
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This is the chronicle of an American family moving inexorably towards dissolution. A succession of voices, Jean, Mitch, Danner and Billy, moves a narrative from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s towards the national cataclysm of Vietnam.From the Back Cover:
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 Jean becomes the main breadwinner, working to complete 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.
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