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The Man of My Dreams - A Novel

Curtis Sittenfeld

"Being raised in an unstable household makes you understand that the world doesn't exist to accommodate you, which, in Hannah's observation, is something a lot of people struggle to understand well into adulthood."-from The Man of My Dreams In her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in The Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life. Hannah Gavener is fourteen in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes-just maybe-lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky-or just pathetic? None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehavior alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most-but she doesn't yet know whether she'll find the courage to go after it. Full of honesty and humor, The Man of My Dreams is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of

"Being raised in an unstable household makes you understand that the world doesn't exist to accommodate you, which, in Hannah's observation, is something a lot of people struggle to understand well into adulthood."-from The Man of My Dreams In her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in The Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life. Hannah Gavener is fourteen in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes-just maybe-lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky-or just pathetic? None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehavior alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most-but she doesn't yet know whether she'll find the courage to go after it. Full of honesty and humor, The Man of My Dreams is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of
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"Being raised in an unstable household makes you understand that the world doesn't exist to accommodate you, which, in Hannah's observation, is something a lot of people struggle to understand well into adulthood."-from The Man of My Dreams In her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in The Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life. Hannah Gavener is fourteen in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes-just maybe-lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky-or just pathetic? None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehavior alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most-but she doesn't yet know whether she'll find the courage to go after it. Full of honesty and humor, The Man of My Dreams is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Denaker

Length:

9h 43m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:46


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:19


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:24


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:21


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:12


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:22


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:33


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:38


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:33


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:05


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:49


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:38


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:04


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:38


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:56


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:48


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:20


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:10


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:55


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:27


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:01


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:53


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:32


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:28


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:08


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:22


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:04


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:17


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:13


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:37


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:32


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:40


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:42


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:08


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:20


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:05


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:45


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:41


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:34


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:38


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:56


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:24