Dream House is a riveting debut novel that tells the story of a domestic drama that will forever change the lives of two families.
One terrible night. One outraged act. What price will people pay to hold their homes and dreams together?
When Kate and Stuart Kinzler buy a run-down, historic house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they're looking for a decent remodeling investment and a little space in which to rekindle their troubled marriage. Instead they discover that their home was the scene of a terrible crime many years ago--a revelation that tips the balance of their precarious union.
When a mysterious man begins lurking around her yard, Kate--now alone--is forced to confront her home's dangerous past. Hers is not the only life that has crumbled under this roof. But the stranger who has returned to this house--once his own childhood home--is in search of something Kate may never fully understand.
Featuring a diverse cast of characters and building to an unforgettable climax, Dream House embraces the volatile issues of race and class to chart the concentric effects of one fateful decision--a moment of rage that will echo forever within these four walls.
A classic money pit scenario offers insights into the fragility of home, family and neighborhood in Pushcart Prize-winner Laken's thoughtful debut. Kate and her husband, Stuart, have been living a student lifestyle--complete with all-night parties and a rundown apartment--since leaving college seven years before. When Kates parents help them buy their own home, they dont know that the handyman special was the site of a murder nearly 20 years earlier. Nor do they expect that the fixer-upper will be the wedge that drives them further apart. When Stuart walks away from their gutted home in the middle of Kates ambitious remodeling, Kate forms new relationships with two men who have ties to the murder and the house. At times, the metaphoric potential in Kate and Stuart's cursed home overshadows the storytelling. For the most part, however, Laken avoids foundering in obvious symbolism, instead offering compelling reflections on broad issues such as neighborhood gentrification and the American dream as well as the personal struggles involved with marriage, family and the creation of a home. (Feb.)
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February 02, 2009
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