Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips

In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of Shelter introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American family profoundly affected by the extraordinary events of history. Here is a stunning chronicle that begins with the Depression and ends with the Vietnam War, revealed in the thoughts, dreams, and memories of each family member. Mitch struggles to earn a living as Jeans becomes the main breadwinner, working to coplete college and raise the family. While the couple fight to keep their marriage intact, their daughter Danner and son Billy forge a sibling bond of uncommon strength. When Billy goes off to Vietnam, Danner becomes the sole bond linking her family, whose dissolution mirrors the fractured state of America in the 1960s. Deeply felt and vividly imagined, this lyrical novel is "among the wisest of a generation to grapple with a war that maimed us all" (The Village Voice), by a master of contemporary fiction. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The 2021st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 85th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Machine Dreams Hardcover 952213 $1.40 $0.01 1984
Machine Dreams Hardcover 10572059 $81.16 $0.01
Machine Dreams Paperback 4516072 $4.95 $0.01 1992
Machine Dreams Hardcover 10744019 $11.50 $4.60 1986
MACHINE DREAMS Hardcover 13451557 $28.95 $0.01
Machine Dreams Mass Market Paperback 832500 $5.95 $1.90 1985
Machine Dreams (Vintage Contemporaries) Kindle Edition 277584 $7.99 2011
Machine Dreams Paperback 1937730 $12.00 $1.16 1999