An only child in a typical middle-American family, T's first love is money, and specifically the faces on the bills - Jackson, Hamilton, and Lincoln. As his peers go through teen crises, T accumulates, playing the responsible capitalist individual, and set up a successful real estate business. But T's material life begins to change after he ...
An only child in a typical middle-American family, T's first love is money, and specifically the faces on the bills - Jackson, Hamilton, and Lincoln. As his peers go through teen crises, T accumulates, playing the responsible capitalist individual, and set up a successful real estate business. But T's material life begins to change after he adopts a dog meets a girl, and takes his mother in after she splits with his father. But when events conspire to leave T isolated again he starts to lose faith in people and civilisation and turns to nature instead, developing a strange and powerful obsession with endangered animals...How the Dead Dream is a brilliant, moving novel about human loneliness and environmental loss, from one of America's most exciting literary voices.
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-10-08 Millet proves no less lyrical, haunting or deliciously absurd in her brilliant sixth novel than in her fifth, the acclaimed Oh Pure & Radiant Heart. As a boy, T. keeps his distance from others, including his loving but vacant parents, preferring to explore his knack for turning a dollar. Before long, he's a wealthy but lonely young real estate developer in L.A. Just after he adopts, on impulse, a dog from the pound, his mother shows up and announces that T.'s father has left her. His mother, increasingly erratic, moves in; meanwhile, T. finally meets and falls in love with Beth, a nice girl who understands him, but a cruel twist of fate soon leaves him alone again. As his mother continues to unravel, T. finds unexpected consolation in endangered animals at the zoo, and he starts breaking into pens after hours to be closer to them. The jungle quest that results, while redolent of Heart of Darkness and Don Quixote, takes readers to a place entirely Millet's own, leavened by very funny asides. At once an involving character study and a stunning meditation on loss-planetary and otherwise-Millet's latest unfolds like a beautiful, disturbing dream. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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