|Plot Summary of These Dreams|
Pocket, March 2002, 24.00, 320 pp.
Cricket Thompson lives a contented ordinary life in the small upstate New York town of Dansville. It is a place where neighbors know each other and crime is relatively low. Cricket has two daughters, Janis and Grace, who she adores, and her husband Jim who she is comfortable with although the passion left their marriage a long time ago. Although she is attracted to coworker Pass, she believes she would never be unfaithful to her husband.
Her snug and secure world crumbles when an unknown gunman starts firing in a video arcade killing many students and injuring some, including Cricket's daughter Claire. She is taken to the hospital where she lies in a coma until she dies three months later. Cricket's world falls apart and she runs away from all that she holds dear hoping that one day that she will find herself again.
THESE DREAMS are a heart-wrenching beautiful human drama that portrays what can happen to a family when a bad thing happens to a good person. The heroine is a very special woman, resilient and determined in the face of adversity and willing to do whatever it takes to find a purpose in life after fate shatters it. Barbara Chepaitis is a fantastic writer whose works can break your heart.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of These Dreams|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
- playing footsy while inconveniently married
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- basically "out of it"
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Northeast
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- a lawyer creature
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- almost none
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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