Thief of Dreams: A Novel
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Thief of Dreams: A Novel

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The tender, engaging story of a family in pain and a boy whose quest for courage leads him deep into the wilds of Appalachia

In 1948 Madeline Tally leaves her philandering husband and returns home to North Carolina, where she and her thirteen-year-old son, James, move into an ugly purple trailer in the cow pasture behind her father’s farmhouse. Smart and sensitive, James w...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Southern Methodist University Press (first published March 1st 1991)
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Kevin Bergeron
I've read all of Yount's books to date, and it seems each is better than the previous. Thief of Dreams is my favorite. The characters and their lives are described in a way that makes them fully human. This is a novel that is in every way as honest, authentic, and real as fiction can be. Yount is one of America's best novelists.
Alex Szeliga
Sep 24, 2007 Alex Szeliga rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adults, adults
This book is a beautifully told story of a broken family and what happens to the boy caught in the middle.

The descriptions of middle America, graphic sex, true childhood friendships, and how they fall apart are glistening and the language is fantastic.

Read this book.
Sara Bahnmaier
One of the best books I've ever read. Set in Appalachia in the 1940s, the book remains true to its setting and characters, and creates a fine portrait of a boy who is seeking a masculine role model.
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