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The Resource Before we sleep : a novel, Jeffrey Lent

Before we sleep : a novel, Jeffrey Lent

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Before we sleep : a novel
Title
Before we sleep
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey Lent
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The sweeping, intergenerational story of a Vermont family, from WWII to the dawning of the '60s--the most magisterial and moving novel of acclaimed author Jeffrey Lent's career. Katey Snow, seventeen, slips the pickup into neutral and rolls silently out of the driveway of her Vermont home, her parents, Oliver and Ruth, still asleep. She isn't so much running away as on a journey of discovery. She carries with her a packet of letters addressed to her mother from an old army buddy of her father's. She has only recently been told that Oliver, who she adores more than anyone, isn't her biological father. She hopes the letter's sender will have answers to her many questions. Before We Sleep moves gracefully between Katey's perspective on the road and her mother, Ruth's. Through Ruth's recollections, we learn of her courtship with Oliver, their marriage on the eve of war, and his return as a changed man. Oliver had always been a bit dreamy, but became more remote, finding solace most of all in repairing fiddles. There were adjustments, accommodations, sacrifices--but the family went on to find its own rhythms, satisfactions, and happiness. Now Katey's journey may rearrange the Snows' story. Set in a lovingly realized Vermont setting, tracking the changes that come with the turning of the seasons--and decades--and signaling the dawning of a new freedom as Katey moves out into a world in flux, Before We Sleep is a novel about family, about family secrets, and about the love that holds families together. It is also about the Greatest Generation as it moves into the very different era of the 1960s, and about the trauma of war that so profoundly weighed on both generations
Summary
A 1960s teen embarks on a search for her biological father after discovering his identity in a cache of letters, while her mother reflects on how their family was profoundly changed by World War II
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Character
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10562247
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DLC
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Lent, Jeffrey
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Families
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Family secrets
  • War
Target audience
adult
Label
Before we sleep : a novel, Jeffrey Lent
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058466307
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9781620404997
Lccn
2016029724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956263484
Label
Before we sleep : a novel, Jeffrey Lent
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058466307
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9781620404997
Lccn
2016029724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956263484

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