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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Curtis Sittenfeld Narrator: Anne Heche Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in The Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life.

Hannah Gavener is 14 in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes, just maybe, lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky, or just pathetic?

None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehavior alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most, but she doesn't yet know whether she'll find the courage to go after it.

Full of honesty and humor, The Man of My Dreams is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of the outside forces and personal choices that make us who we are.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Faith | 2/17/2014

    " i just got done reading this book, which was unexpectedly moving. i'd read prep and thought it was good (i should note that i naturally gravitate toward fiction about young-ish women and their literary trials and tribulations - catharsis is a good thing), but i really thought this was a great book. for those who grew up in a dysfunctional household, much of what is written here will hit you to the core. good stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/12/2014

    " In an interview, Curtis Sittenfeld said that to her, Hannah (the main character of this book) and Lee Fiora (the main character of Prep) are completely different people. I have to add my voice to those who disagree with her. Maybe in Ms. Sittenfeld's head, this is the case, but from out here, they seem like exactly the same person. I found Lee unlikeable, and feel the same way about Hannah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/7/2014

    " I actually would give this one 2 and half stars if that was an option. Hannah isn't a terribly dynamic character but some of her inner thoughts are interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anita | 2/2/2014

    " There's some go-quiet-women side of me that really wants to like Curtis Sittenfeld's books. But, everything she's served up thus far has been lukewarm. Curtis, I want to like you. "

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