The Sweetest Dream

The Sweetest Dream

Book - 2003
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Julia and Frances, grandmother and mother, fight to protect their family from the turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins ; Perennial, 2003, c2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780066213347
Branch Call Number: FIC LESSI


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May 07, 2015

We meet a family in London in the 1960's and follow them through to the end of the century. This was a time of great change and as I read I wondered how can Francis Lennox be like she is? so accepting and calm when all these children, some hers and some not, come and go in her home and expect the system that they are railing against to just support them without giving anything back. We see them loll around, shoplift, party and then show up at the dinner table ready to be fed and watered. Life goes on and we are introduced to them as middle-aged adults and find that the legacy of entitlement has been visited upon Africa where the effects are staggering. I found this a compelling read even though I was angry through much of it.

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