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My Dreams Out in the Street: A Novel

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Rita Jackson is a young woman on the skids, spending her time in shelters and on the dot-com-drunk streets of late 1990s San Francisco. She's a young woman haunted by the murder of her mother when she was thirteen, and a young bride haunted by the disappearance of her husband, Jimmy, who split after a nasty argument more than a year earlier. Together Jimmy and Rita were sl ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2007)
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Ryan Rougeux
My Dreams Out in the Street
By: Kim Addonizio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
City: New York
Year: 2007

A novel of hurt, self loathing, addiction, and journey! Kim Addonizio creates a novel that brings out the feelings of helplessness, guilt, and hope into the reader. Her main character, Rita, is a homeless street dweller. She panhandles for money, sells herself to men, and only to make a couple bucks to live while staying high. She has lost her husband, Johnny, due to her heroine use, and is on a mis
Kristin Soto
My Dreams Out in the Street
Kim Addonizio
Simon & Schuster
New York, 2007

Streets of Hope

Kim Addonizio’s, “ My Dreams Out in the Street,” is a written journey of the quest for redeeming oneself and the inspiring idea that hope is still a concept to be revered. The novel’s protagonist, Rita, is a young woman trying to survive the streets of San Francisco while searching for her husband, Jimmy, who had left her a year ago. Jumping from shelter to shelter, selling her body for money and battling a
Nov 27, 2010 Spotsalots added it
Shelves: fiction
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Tiffoknee the 3rd Conner
I wish you could give half of stars. I would give this book 1.5. I wanted so much to like this book. I mean, the author is from Oakland (Big Ups to O-town!!!), she's tatooed, and appears on back cover with a beer in her hand. I dig that kind of shit. Plus, I really love the title. Be that as it may, I was not so taken with what I found between the covers. It was akin to assuming that someone with all of the external goods was going to be raucous in the sack after they had spent half the night su ...more
In the book My Dreams out in the Street by Kim Addonizio the author is trying to emphasize the theme of “desperation” . Kim Addonizio tries to get us to understand what Rita Louise Jackson and her lost husband Jimmy are going through , she shows this by writing their thoughts and dreams. The events in the book reveal that the author’s world is viewed in a big city full of violence, drugs and problems. The way the other wrote the book made me realize how some people have it bad in the world, tha ...more
have been staring at the screen for the last fifteen minutes trying to find words to describe my reaction to ‘My Dreams Out In the Street’. Well, that for sure indicates that it was a good book. But did I like it? I think I am going to sit on the fence for this one.
First the plot. Rita Jackson is a 23 year old addict. She is addicted to drugs, alcohol and smoking. She is homeless. She is married but does not know where her husband is. She freelances as a prostitute when she is pennliess. And sh
I've loved Kim Addonizio's writing from the first book of hers I picked up, which was Jimmy and Rita. That book, told in poetry, related the tale of a young, down on their luck couple who live skating the edge of homelessness in San Fransisco. After that I devoured the stories in her collection, The Box Called Pleasure ---one a story about a young girl and her mother who have broken down at a gas station stays with me to this day. Both her poetry and her prose are magnigicent, so I was excite ...more
Not a pleasant story, but what seems to me an honest tale about living on the streets with addictions. As a reader you want Rita to find a happy ending, but living in reality means this will be so difficult... Heroin and crack play such a huge role in the crime scene lately, when I read this book it at least gives me a glimpse of what some of the addicts live through on a daily basis.

Not a warm and fuzzy, feel good story, but gripping nevertheless.
beware of a novel whose author's publicity photo pictures them holding a bottle of beer. yes everyone drinks in this novel. a lot. it reminds me of that "i am a gritty bad ass" bay area attitude i got really sick of back in the 90's, which is when and where the novel takes place. rita lives on the street, half the time trying to scape together money for a hotel room. the book is hard to put down, you want rita to make it, you want rita to get her shit together. rita was a little hard to swallow ...more
Good, quick read.

You can definitely tell that Kim Addonizio is a poet by the cadence of her writing. There were one or two continuity problems, but overall it was solid.

Dec 26, 2010 Meen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Meen by: I love the poem these characters grew out of: "Jimmy & Rita."
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Ben Campbell
Drugs, alcohol, sex...degrading and demeaning sex, street living, debauchery, adultery, barely exiting but not wanting to die. My Dreams Out in the Street represents more than the above. It drags the reader into emotional disparity and physical depravity. Kim Addonizio deserves more awards for displaying the society's underbelly of big city street life...yet she also brings light to dark places and sweetness to bitter situations. Somehow I think that Kim had lived such a life.
This novel was very much like Addonizio's poetry - full of the underbelly of humanity (but definitely the humanity part) and poetic language. Even the ending felt elliptical for me. Good read. I found myself thinking about it even when I wasn't reading it. And I like that she picked up Jimmy and Rita from her poetry collection aptly called Jimmy and Rita. These are two characters who hold on tight and you just can't let go of.
Sep 24, 2009 Ana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
I really liked this book, it was about second chances and love. Rita a 24 year old homeless girl has struggled her whole life, and now she feels worthless. On top of the suffering she has lost her husband and continues to get deeper and deeper into more problems. The only think I wish the author would have added was the final reunion scene, but all in all the book was a very good read.
The characters in this book all operate a few steps from death at almost all times. It was pretty bleak but also with some hopeful moments. I enjoyed reading it although it was a major shift from the bunch of YA novels I read. I would recommend the book.
Aug 20, 2007 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Addonizio's poetry
I'm not really sure how I feel about Addonizio reprising her characters from the book of poetry Jimmy and Rita (which I loved), but the book is a deft look at these characters and the difficulties of getting by. It's definitely better than her last novel.
Joan Colby
Interesting, very well written story of a couple of street people types--Rita and Jimmy and their struggles maintaining a peripheral existence in San Francisco. Addonizio is also a well-regarded poet.
Chelsea Otakan
Better as a book of poetry from what I understand. Found the murder mystery to be a rather dull and badly integrated plot device. Strong characters, if not always likable characters.
Jessica Martines
The author definitely knows SF. I could see Miz Browns in the background of my long ago memories and smell the fog at Ocean Beach. Fun read if you like books set in SF.
To formulaic....and expected. Homeless girl in San Fran, prostitute, drugs, loses her man......blah blah blah. Don't bother.
I read this a long time ago, and remember it as a really good book. I have kept it because I would like to read it again!
A great read! Enjoyed it very much... all but the end. Would've liked a little more info, some closure on the story.
So I gave this book a try because I love her poetry. It was awful. I couldn't get through it.
Takes place in SF, homeless drug-addicted young girl on the streets. Too formulaic.
Misti Rainwater-Lites
one star for being set in San Francisco
two stars for the hot sex scenes
I especially like that parts are written in Reno. Kim Addonizio is great!
A sweet book and interesting. But, I like Kim's poetry more.
Good writing, gritty subject, sympathy for the devils
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I'm the author of five poetry collections including Tell Me, A National Book Award Finalist. My latest is Lucifer at the Starlite, from W.W. Norton. And SFA Press is about to release My Black Angel,a book of blues poems with woodcuts by Charles D. Jones (Oct 2014).

My collection of stories, The Palace of Illusions, is just out from Counterpoint/Soft Skull (September 2014).

I've also authored two ins
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