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Sweet Dreams: A Family History

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A masterful memoir of a young boy's passage from childhood to adulthood in a family of privilege torn by dark secrets: alcoholism, mental illness, dysfunction. As a complicated coming of age story, Sweet Dreams charts the journey of DeWitt Henry, well-known author, editor, publisher and educator, in his earliest struggles to find and achieve his own creative destiny. It is ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Hidden River
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Sofia Quezada
Jan 19, 2015 Sofia Quezada rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sofia by: Amrit Chima
I'm not well versed in the memoir department and this is just my 2nd. I must admit that at 1st it was a little difficult to embrace. I was too in novella/fiction mode and was waiting for some plot twist. Midway, I decided to stop clenching my teeth and just relax and read it for the unfolding of the story with 0 expectations. What I learned was that complexity amongst family dynamic is the same in all families. Dewitt Henry, the author of this book didn't hold back his point of view and his ...more
Paul Corrigan
Dec 04, 2014 Paul Corrigan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The general reader
Recommended to Paul by: A writing conference pick
Dewitt Henry, in his Memoir SWEET DREAMS a family history, depicts his family in a way that makes me care about, want to get to know, and find out what happens to them. Especially in his complex and often problematic father, patriarch who runs the family chocolate factory, whose status in the family rises and falls as he struggles with alcohol, and finally attains his rightful place, I find a full, powerful, and often appealing character. Henry's focus on his father's development throughout the ...more
Karin A.
Feb 04, 2014 Karin A. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
Well, the memories are there but they came in a jumble. It wasn't well written. Some sentences didn't make sense, like: "Aunty Pink I recall resenting as an interloper, who slept in mom and dad's room and consumed all the chocolates that Jack could bring from the factory."

I cringed at his mistreatment of a beloved dog. Not nice.

However, I stuck with it. It did remind me of Portrait of an Artist as others noted. Towards the end, it held my interest when he lived in Cambridge, MA in the 70s and I
Jun 21, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it
Excellent read. Like peeking through a window at the family's various homes. It's an endearing tale of a family life becoming more and more rare as they years go by. DeWitt is a wonderful writer and the story is truly compelling. Once you complete it, you'll want to read his Safe Suicide, if you haven't already.
Frank Mundo
Jan 18, 2011 Frank Mundo rated it it was amazing
My review for this book will be available on Saturday at NY Journal of Books.

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