|Plot Summary of Sweet Dreams at the Goodnight Motel|
Mira, Oct 2004, 12.95, 366 pp.
In Shreveport, Legal Secretary Claire Wilder receives an epiphany when she reads a message on a bathroom door of a truck stop about “… looking for life”. Claire concludes she wasted the last two years of her life working for a crappy boss while waiting for Andrew, her former spouse of almost two decades, to realize he made a mistake leaving her for a younger woman. She decides to leave town to find her estrange father who she has not seen since he walked out on her and her mother when Claire was a little girl. Just before leaving Andrew tells her he wants to come back to Claire, but she says she will consider this when she comes back from Oklahoma.
After quitting her job, she travels to Valentine, Oklahoma, the last place where she knew her dad lived. In Valentine, few people remember her dad and those that do recall very little about him. However, Claire is adopted by nonagenarian Winston Valentine, becomes close friends with septuagenarian drugstore owner Vella Blaine, and “adopts” abandoned pregnant teen Sherrilyn Earles even as Deputy Sheriff Travis Ford keeps a close eye on her. Claire is happy with her new relationships until Andrew arrives expecting she will take him back.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Sweet Dreams at the Goodnight Motel|
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Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
- search for family/history
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- Deep South
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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