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Summer Reading: The Man of My Dreams ~Curtis Sittenfeld

Three people suggested I read this book. I so enjoyed American Wife by the same author, I decided to give this book a read.

This is an enjoyable read and I was very happy for another opportunity to study the author’s keen , perceptive use of dialogue with her characters. The author can truly write amazing dialogue.

The subject matter is about a young woman’s experience and understanding of the pursuit of the male of the species from the beginning of her teen years jumping into the college years and the first few in the workforce.

Hannah the narrator of the story gives us a mind’s eye view of the 90’s and early new decade years of what it is like to be a college student on the East Coast and have value programmed in a wealthy family. She understands her role and responsibilities and what she needs to do to succeed in her quest. Getting to her roles and function is a journey through a mind that is a bit “negative” and skeptical, but thus offers the reader into her thinking and hoped for outcomes.

As she is constantly being told that she is “weird” or “strange” she decides, on her own and with her own money, to explore the world of therapy and Hannah’s session with her psychologist actually move the story along at a faster pace and make the periods of thinking more enjoyable to experience.

The writer also explores the roles and functions of other female members of this extended family in their pursuit of the man of their dreams. This adds a generational depth.

I think younger women, thirty somethings, could truly relate to the story line and those young women just heading off to college and thinking through this pursuit.

I was a good read, but I did not have to wrestle with any of the ideas and found a few chuckles along the way. There were some good insights shared along the story line. I would keep this as a summer read and do not think I would suggest it to my book group. I would suggest it to writers who are working on improving their skill with writing dialogue.

I am quite sure my daughters would enjoy this book and find more humor in the inner dialogue.
The ending is happy but not quite what I expected and that was the best surprise of all.

Ok, It is now the middle of summer and do you have books to add to the summer reading list?
Or do you have blogs that felt perfect to read on a hot afternoon or feeling like being at the beach? Looking forward to your additions to the list.

I need a good book for my September Reading Group Meeting – I am open to suggestions.
(the group is reading BLINK in July)

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4 Responses to “Summer Reading: The Man of My Dreams ~Curtis Sittenfeld”

  1. Mama Zen Says:

    This sounds like something that I might like. I’ll check it out!

  2. Mark Says:

    Sounds interesting. I suggest Excuses Be Gone by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

  3. Jannie Funster Says:

    A good book for you?

    Hmmn, “101 Secrets Of Successful People” – LOVE that one. nonfiction, of course.

    Another novel I really liked I could see you or any sensitive and enlightened soul liking is “Quite A Year For Plums.”

  4. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    I just like this authors style and how she writes dialogue…an interesting look

    Thank you for the book suggestion – I have read quite a bit of Dyer’s material but not this one – Excuses were the hardest part of being a counselor for me

    More good reading ahead Thank you for your suggestions.