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It’s the 1960s in America at the height of the Civil Rights showdown. Street-savvy Thomas, desperate for stardom, meets music student, Annie, desperate for love. To impress his struggling family, Thomas drives a flashy borrowed car home to Pittsburgh from New York City and is involved in a minor accident. What was a fender bender in a snowstorm escalates into a confrontati It’s the 1960s in America at the height of the Civil Rights showdown. Street-savvy Thomas, desperate for stardom, meets music student, Annie, desperate for love. To impress his struggling family, Thomas drives a flashy borrowed car home to Pittsburgh from New York City and is involved in a minor accident. What was a fender bender in a snowstorm escalates into a confrontation with police and he becomes a fugitive. Evading yet another Christmas family fight, Annie flees to the Pittsburgh Playhouse, bumping into Thomas afterwards and mistaking him for the star. They’re both in the wrong place at the wrong time. But they’re dreamers. Will they give up on each other? Will Thomas’ secrets tear them apart? Or will they live up to their dreams?


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It’s the 1960s in America at the height of the Civil Rights showdown. Street-savvy Thomas, desperate for stardom, meets music student, Annie, desperate for love. To impress his struggling family, Thomas drives a flashy borrowed car home to Pittsburgh from New York City and is involved in a minor accident. What was a fender bender in a snowstorm escalates into a confrontati It’s the 1960s in America at the height of the Civil Rights showdown. Street-savvy Thomas, desperate for stardom, meets music student, Annie, desperate for love. To impress his struggling family, Thomas drives a flashy borrowed car home to Pittsburgh from New York City and is involved in a minor accident. What was a fender bender in a snowstorm escalates into a confrontation with police and he becomes a fugitive. Evading yet another Christmas family fight, Annie flees to the Pittsburgh Playhouse, bumping into Thomas afterwards and mistaking him for the star. They’re both in the wrong place at the wrong time. But they’re dreamers. Will they give up on each other? Will Thomas’ secrets tear them apart? Or will they live up to their dreams?

35 review for Dreamers, A Coming of Age Love Story of the '60s

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dirk

    What is best about his novel is the complementary portrayal of the two main characters, each illuminating the other, and dissipating stereotypes we might carry with us to our reading. The novel is built around an interracial love affaire portrayed with searching detail both psychological and social. Murray’s presentation of the lovers and some of the other characters teaches us something about preconceptions. They approach stereotypes: the desperately shiftless black man, the nicey-poo white col What is best about his novel is the complementary portrayal of the two main characters, each illuminating the other, and dissipating stereotypes we might carry with us to our reading. The novel is built around an interracial love affaire portrayed with searching detail both psychological and social. Murray’s presentation of the lovers and some of the other characters teaches us something about preconceptions. They approach stereotypes: the desperately shiftless black man, the nicey-poo white college girl, the warm, struggling black matriarch, the inhibited but caring white father. But they are not stereotypes. Each one is realized on the page with clear eye and details that spring from the characters themselves, from which we learn that, though we use stereotypes for lazy convenience in thinking about people and social issues, out in the world none exist, only real people like these. Murray shifts from one character to the other chapter-by-chapter in telling the story to striking effect. The prose is precise, clear, readable, but does not do anything special. The listing of details of the period, what songs were popular, what clothes were in style, and the like, gets a little tedious at times. The plot is the parallel lives of the two characters, whose love affaire matters but, as in real life, is not all that matters. Mostly it's very well done, but towards the end it neglects the girl and so leaves the story a little unbalanced. There is a problem with the title and subtitle, which inaccurately suggest the romance genre.

  2. 5 out of 5

    V. Luke

    This is a romance and a story about being a minority in America. I really felt I was with the couple in their typical 60's relationship. The settings and characters are believable and truly youngster, as we all were. A delicate love story set in the days of free love and striving for equality! This is a romance and a story about being a minority in America. I really felt I was with the couple in their typical 60's relationship. The settings and characters are believable and truly youngster, as we all were. A delicate love story set in the days of free love and striving for equality!

  3. 5 out of 5

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