Machine Dreams (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Machine Dreams (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)


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Called "an enduring literary achievement . . . astonishing" by The New York Times, this highly acclaimed debut novel from the bestselling author of Black Tickets introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American family profoundly affected by the extraordinary events of history—from the Depression to the Vietnam War. 

Here is a stunning chronicle that is revealed in the thoughts, dreams, and memories of each member of the Hampson family. Mitch struggles to earn a living as Jeans 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.
JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, Quiet Dell, and Night Watch. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Winner of an Arts and Letters Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she was inducted into the Academy in 2018. A National Book Award finalist, and twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, she lives in New York and Boston.

Product Details ISBN: 9780375705250
ISBN-10: 0375705252
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 9th, 1999
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
"A beautifully patterned novel ... an enduring literary achievement . . . astonishing."
The New York Times

"Machine Dreams, in its wisdom and its compassionate, utterly unsentimental rendering of the American condition, will rank as one of the great books of [the] decade. Jayne Anne Phillips is a blessing."
—Robert Stone

"An intensely American, beautifully written first novel.... It carries the strength of myth, and yet is utterly of our times."
The Wall Street Journal