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It pains me to give this 2 stars, because I find comfort and familiarity in Kaye Gibbon's writing, and this was no exception - she has a knack for giving strong, Southern woman an authentic and unique voice. However, this story was just... boring.
This is a quirky and brief novel by the North Carolina writer–part of my 20th-Century Backlist project.It follows four generations (very quickly) of women in a family that settles in rural North Carolina, from the Depression to the middle of World War II.It's funny at times, feels very old-fashioned in its narrative style, and is worth the quick read. I think a more representative choice for Gibbons would have been A Virtuous Woman or Ellen Foster. I'm surprised that the list I pulled this from
Kaye Gibbons is one of my favorite authors. Fell in love with the book Ellen Foster.
I read A Cure for Dreams only about a week ago and yet when I came to write this review, I realized I couldn’t remember a thing about it! Which is in itself a rather damning review… And yet I rather liked A Cure for Dreams. The fact is, it’s not about plot. It’s more about evoking this small Southern town, and what it’s like for the women who live there. The character studies are compelling and beautifully drawn, the prose is lovely, the atmosphere immersive, and yet not very much happens (and y...
Years ago a friend introduced me to the work of Kaye Gibbons. Ellen Foster was a treasure as was A Virtuous Woman, so when hunting for something other than murder, I came across this novel. I have to say, that while the writing was still worthwhile, the story itself just left me flat. I just can't recommend it. Dang.
If a novel can be winsome, this one is. Kaye Gibbons gives us the appealingly candid Betty who shares not gauzy reminiscences but tart recollections of her life from the earliest days of childhood to her beginning days as a young mother. Betty has the capacity to see, savor, and matter-of-factly share with us the eccentricities in all of the figures who populate her life, but most especially, the women. Because she sees herself and them without sentimentality, she can embrace them that much more...
I learned some about female relationships. I think this would have worked better as a short story.
Several generations of Irish American Southern women in one family . . . a delightful, quick read with fascinating, believable, predominately female characters
This was one Gibbons book I loved. I loved the connection of the women through the generations. This really warmed my heart.
Kaye Gibbon's story of 3 generations of strong irish women. Read this book to the end, but did not find it that compelling. I definitely love this author, but to me this wasnt her best work...
Quick read told as a conversation between mother and daughter. Nice switch between voices. I've read a few of her books.
Disappointing, in light of Ellen Foster which I really enjoyed.
Another one that tugs your heart.I love anything Kaye Gibbons writes. She has a way of reaching in and grabbing your heart strings. Good read!
Easy read and gives a better understanding of why there's always going to be people who gossip.
Very fast read, good character development and humor.
I am currently reading this book and I just finished reading chapter 6. Something I like abut this book is that, the chapters are very short so it's very easy to understand the story. "A Cure For Dreams" is about a girl named Betty Davies Randolph. She is telling her daughter the story about her mother, Lottie O'Cadhain. So far Betty starts off by explaining how great of a mother Lottie was. She explains how everyone in there town loved her and she was an extremely talkative person. Than she sta...
More a linked collection of very short stories than a novel. Didn't mind the general drift — an arch description of the semi-secret life of women in a male-dominated (in fewer respects than the men may thing) community in the middle of North Carolina from the First World War to the Second. The stories are somewhat revealing and often fairly funny, although one-dimensional. Did mind the narrative voice, which I interpreted as artificial and overly mannered; that may be wrong but the writing felt
My Original Notes (1997):Not nearly as good as her other books. Same sort of plot, too. (Strong women and men that leave them.) It didn't grab me like Charms for the Easy Life. A quick read, though. So-so.My Current Thoughts:After reading Charms for the Easy Life and Ellen Foster (both of which I loved), I was eager to read all of Gibbons' backlist and went on to read A Virtuous Woman and A Cure for Dreams. I read all four within one month and now I wonder if that's why I wasn't as impressed wit...
This very short and spare novel features Betty Davies Randolph telling the story of her mother, and of her own childhood and young adulthood, marriage, and her daughter's birth. Betty and her mother Lottie were both strong women who led their lives as they saw fit (though they weren't necessarily happy in the end--are these stories meant to be the cure for her own daughter's dreams?). As usual, I would have liked more--especially more from Marjorie. I definitely want to read Gibbons' better-know...
Kaye Gibbons' narrative can start in the middle and make you feel like you've known her characters all your life. This story of free-spirited Lottie O'Cadhain Davies and her "mini-me" daughter Betty had me cheering their self-reliance while mourning their misfortune in choosing life partners in the hard-scrabble, pre-Depression South. Men are characterized as, at best, necessary evils or at worst, "a cure for dreams".
I picked this one up because it's been on my shelves forever. I don't know why it's taken me this long to get to it, but that's kind of the book it is - unassuming. Short, beautifully written, and not much really happens. It's just a peek into one character's world. It was the everyday-ness of a life - nothing earth shattering, but plenty of prose that made me nod with appreciation. I've been thinking ever since I finished it -- what makes this simple and ordinary story feel like a classic?
3.5/5 I needed a book that I could read quickly to honor my one book per week resolution and this did the trick. I've been a fan of Kaye Gibbons since Charms of the Easy Life and this book had a similar voice of strong female generations. However, the other edge of a quick read is there isn't a depth to the story, although the characterizations were strong.
I grew up in North Carolina, hearing the women talk about their lives, and reading this novel made me feel I had come home again. I could see Granny's face and taste her cornbread and fried chicken, accompanied by a chilly glass of "co-cola."
Took me a all summer to finish this Super short book. Just didn’t care for it. I didn’t care about any of the characters, and since this is a character driven not a plot driven book, that is a problem.
An odd little book. Quite loved it.
Not good. Not bad. Quick read though not what I expected.
This is a solid book. Visceral and vividly voiced, I enjoyed reading very much. The arc seemed a tad simplistic, but it was a natural enough choice so I don’t see much harm in that.
Nice quick read. A pleasant southern tale.
Another great book by Gibbons. The story of a mother and daughter in the South. Funny and very well written.
Nice, easy read. Fun story to follow these women through the generations.