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My Dreams Out in the Street: A Novel

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  30 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
Feb 15, 2011 Ryan Rougeux rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 13, 2012 Vipula rated it it was ok
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
Nov 27, 2010 Spotsalots added it
Shelves: fiction
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Jun 15, 2012 Kenia rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 22, 2008 Dusty rated it liked it
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
Jan 12, 2016 V rated it did not like it
Well, I picked this up because the cover art looked enticing on the library's shelf, and I dig addiction memoir(s), but the book is a complete drag...I made it as far as page 71 (out of 256 pp) and I am returning it with the rest unread. I could not care less about what happens to the lead character (the author does very little to establish empathy, there are just stark facts and spare details about her junkie life) and once you fail to establish a connection with the characters of a book, prett ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Meen rated it liked it
Recommended to Meen by: I love the poem these characters grew out of: "Jimmy & Rita."
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Feb 13, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
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.
Dec 20, 2009 Allison rated it really liked it
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.
Ben Campbell
Feb 14, 2009 Ben Campbell rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 15, 2009 Anasylvia rated it really liked it
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.
Brian Pappas
Feb 12, 2016 Brian Pappas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is how it is, living out on the streets, alone and feeling as if the rest of the world doesn't even see you or acknowledge that you exist. A loneliness which buries deep within the soul and lingers there. Eventually not even drugs and alcohol can cloud it. Addonizio got it. Read this and you will too.
Joan Colby
Mar 25, 2010 Joan Colby rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 27, 2008 jen rated it liked it
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 really liked it
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.
Feb 04, 2008 Deanna rated it really liked it
A great read! Enjoyed it very much... all but the end. Would've liked a little more info, some closure on the story.
Misti Rainwater-Lites
one star for being set in San Francisco
two stars for the hot sex scenes
Jessica Martines
Mar 20, 2008 Jessica Martines rated it liked it
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.
Apr 03, 2010 Heidikris rated it it was ok
To formulaic....and expected. Homeless girl in San Fran, prostitute, drugs, loses her man......blah blah blah. Don't bother.
Nov 29, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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.

May 19, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
I especially like that parts are written in Reno. Kim Addonizio is great!
Sep 11, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
A sweet book and interesting. But, I like Kim's poetry more.
May 23, 2010 Caryn rated it really liked it
Good writing, gritty subject, sympathy for the devils
Jan 01, 2009 Susannah rated it it was ok
Takes place in SF, homeless drug-addicted young girl on the streets. Too formulaic.
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!
Chelsea Otakan
Jan 21, 2010 Chelsea Otakan rated it it was ok
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.
Irene rated it it was ok
Apr 13, 2008
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I'm the author of several poetry collections including Tell Me, A National Book Award Finalist. My latest, My Black Angel, is a book of blues poems with woodcuts by Charles D. Jones, from SFA Press. I published The Palace of Illusions,, a story collection, with Counterpoint/Soft Skull in 2014. A New & Selected, Wild Nights, is out in the UK from Bloodaxe Books.

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