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Dream House by Valerie Laken
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Apr 15, 2009

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On many levels, critics praised Dream House, a domestic drama inspired by Laken's own experience buying and renovating a home in which a murder had occurred. No ordinary ghost story, it offers insight into the troubled human psyche and a deep inquiry into the meaning of home through multiple storylines. Lessons about materialism, self, sacrifices, class, race, and values also emerge. Reviewers agreed that the prologue is a short masterpiece and that the novel as a whole is an excellent portrait of "the stereotypes that distinguish posh Ann Arbor, backwoods Dexter, and Ypsilanti" (Detroit Metro Times). The only complaint came from Entertainment Weekly, which found fault with the main characters. Otherwise, Laken is a writer to watch.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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