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~FREE DOWNLOAD ⚐ In the Land of Dreamy Dreams ♧ IN THE LAND OF DREAMY DREAMS is Ellen Gilchrist s fabled first collection of stories, the book that won her acclaim inand to which each of her subsequent works has been compared Peopled largely with young southern females who chafe against the restrictions of their upper class lives, these stories convey the humor and tragedy to be found wherever retreat into imagination is preferred over reality Introduced here are Nora Jane Whittington, Rhoda Manning, and other recurring Gilchrist characters beloved for their failures, tenacity, and all too human hope in the face of frustrated love This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In the Land of Dreamy Dreams is Ellen Gilchrist s first collection of short stories It was published in 1981, yet it is as fresh and whip smart as if it were published last year The stories are set from the 1950 s to the 1970 s in the South Most of the stories have a New Orleans connection and I enjoyed that, as I lived in NOLA and could actually see some of the stories unfold.The very first in this collection, Rich, was a sleeper It started as this sweet, slow, almost go no where story abo In the Land of Dreamy Dreams is Ellen Gilchrist s first collection of short stories It was published in 1981, yet it is as fresh and whip smart as if it were published last year The stories are set from the 1950 s to the 1970 s in the South Most of the stories have a New Orleans connection and I enjoyed that, as I lived in NOLA and could actually see some of the stories unfold.The very first in this collection, Rich, was a sleeper It started as this sweet, slow, almost go no where story about a boring young couple who was wealthy, connected, wise, and lucky Out of freaking nowhere it ends with a murder suicide and the killing of a dog at a hunting camp The story Garden of Eden ended with this coy scene that you had no idea where it would unfold from here You don t know how to swim he said No she said, Isn t that dreadful Then what are you doing in this boat Hoping it won t turn over she said, smiling a wonderful mysterious French smile, holding on lightly to the gunwales while he rowed her to her mother s doorstep.Reading this book gave me the same feeling that driving past someone s house at night and catching a brief scene through a window a family moving around their living room, a head tilted back with laughter, a woman rocking a crying baby, a man yelling as he crosses the room quickly, a lone face staring out the window who startles when they realize that they are looking at you and you at them, but then you are gone and the entire scene is there in your head I think I enjoyed that the most about these stories The snapshot into peoples lives Lives full of problems, and worries, and passions, but no real conclusion None of the stories felt tidy and cleaned up In fact, most of them left off with me thinking, Well WTF happens now My favorite story, as of this moment, and it can change, was the title story, The Land of Dreamy Dreams The protagonist was awful, I truly do not understand tennis as a sport, in fact I find it pretentious and stupid, and yet, I was fascinated by the entire story that began with a woman calling off tennis forever and claiming it was like dying It begins On the third of May, 1977, LaGrande McGruder drove out onto the Huey P Long Bridge and dropped two Davis Classics, and a gut strung PDP tournament racket into the Mississippi River, and quit playing tennis forever That was it she said That was the last goddamn straw She heaved a deep sigh, thinking this must be what it feels like to die, to be through with something that wastrouble than it was worth This lovely book was a real treat It was Ellen Gilchrist s first published collection of short stories back in 1981, but the stories resonate just as clearly today The characters are completely human even though one doesn t always like them, their actions and words are dead on If you haven t already, step into Gilchrist s world of the deep South and meet Rhoda, Nora Jane, and many, manyHighly recommended. This little book of short stories got better and better, theI read The characters were as real as any people I ve known in real life, with the same capacity to surprise and shock me My favorite was Traveler. Begin reading her and you will read everything she ever wrote Wow I started this book on the train ride home which isn t very long and already I m reeling Dang this lady writes an intense novel short story.There is not muchto say about this book, now that I have finished it This one was evenintense than the other one of hers that I read and loved The stories really did leave me reeling Although it was a great book, I live in a very small apartment, so I no longer save a book just because I enjoyed it If you would like me to send you thi Wow I started this book on the train ride home which isn t very long and already I m reeling Dang this lady writes an intense novel short story.There is not muchto say about this book, now that I have finished it This one was evenintense than the other one of hers that I read and loved The stories really did leave me reeling Although it was a great book, I live in a very small apartment, so I no longer save a book just because I enjoyed it If you would like me to send you this one, just let me know I would say that it s probably a booksuited for women, but some men could appreciate it By no means is it girly it just deals with things from a very feminine perspective, I d say On a whim, I looked to see if my local library had any books by Ellen Gilchrist, because the bookstore does not I found this I ve not read anything by this author in years, and I was quickly reminded why she is one of my favorites Whether you love or hate her characters, especially Rhoda, there s just something truly remarkable in their southern stories I m about to blow the dust off some of her other books I have and reread them. This is the book that started my obsession with the work of Ellen Gilchrist way back in the early 1980s while I was in high school.Great stories, beautifully written, and a marvelous introduction to her work This lady understands language, and the power of the short story form You don t need to read my review, but you do need to read Ms Gilchrist s short stories HIGHLY recommended.I ve met Ms Gilchrist twice The first meeting was in the summer of 1985 when she spoke at a writer s conferenc This is the book that started my obsession with the work of Ellen Gilchrist way back in the early 1980s while I was in high school.Great stories, beautifully written, and a marvelous introduction to her work This lady understands language, and the power of the short story form You don t need to read my review, but you do need to read Ms Gilchrist s short stories HIGHLY recommended.I ve met Ms Gilchrist twice The first meeting was in the summer of 1985 when she spoke at a writer s conference in Little Rock, and the second was in 2016 at the Mississippi Book Festival At that first encounter in the mid 80s, I was a student at Harding University an uber conservative church of Christ school in Arkansas , and I attended that writer s conference with two fellow Harding students, both farconservative than I The unintentional hilarity that ensued on the hour long ride back to campus when I had to explain Ms Gilchrist s use of the phrase mind f ck which is vastly different from what my friend Shelia had written down in her notes as mind funk could be a short story in itself After you ve read IN THE LAND OF DREAMY DREAMS, go chronologically through her cannon many of her characters reappear in her work, and you ll need to know something about them for the successive stories to have their full affect Skip her first novel, THE ANNUNICATION it sgoodbut save it for later , and proceed directly to her second short story collection, VICTORY OVER JAPAN which won the National Book Award in 1984 If you are a lover of short stories, you won t be disappointed A remarkable collection Heady, powerful, brilliant Just like Barry Hannah, Ellen Gilchrist takes the Southern tradition from Faulkner and Welty, breaks it like a stick over your knee, then brandishes boldly The reader feels the impact of words upon emotionso much so that when the mark fades, you still can t forget And ache for. I first read this collection of short stories by Ellen Gilchrist as a freshman in college, a little over twenty years ago We read Reynolds Price that semester, too, and I fell in love with both authors This was my first reread Why on earth did I wait so long I d remembered that Gilchrist was a fantastic writer, but I d forgotten how good she actually is Each of the characters is fully formed You love them You hate them You squirm with them You re shocked and bewildered by them, yet comp I first read this collection of short stories by Ellen Gilchrist as a freshman in college, a little over twenty years ago We read Reynolds Price that semester, too, and I fell in love with both authors This was my first reread Why on earth did I wait so long I d remembered that Gilchrist was a fantastic writer, but I d forgotten how good she actually is Each of the characters is fully formed You love them You hate them You squirm with them You re shocked and bewildered by them, yet completely identify with them Rhoda, Nora Jane, and many, manyawait you Come meet them Highly recommended