Sweet Dream Baby (Paperback)

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Sweet Dream Baby (Paperback)


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Sent to live in the humidity of rural Florida with his grandparents and his sixteen-year-old Aunt Delia for the summer, twelve-year-old Travis becomes absorbed in the closed ways of small-town life. Captivated by Delia, Travis watches her attempt to find a place for herself in the socially stunted, gossip-driven town. Delia's secrets go beyond what Travis can understand, but he believes that he alone can save her--a belief that not only forces him to grow up fast, but one that builds to a dangerous and disturbing climax. In trying to free Delia from her past, Travis leads her into a shocking present and a most uncertain future.

In a work at once honest, chilling and compulsively addictive, author Sterling Watson has created a time and place where rock 'n' roll hums from AM radios, steam rises from a secluded riverbed and violent summer storms threaten the peace of silent nights. Watson's characters are brought vividly to life through Travis's touching, powerful and intensely personal voice. A dark and evocative coming of age tale, Sweet Dream Baby begins steeped in innocence and ends in a dramatically different place.

"I can't remember a book that sneaked up and grabbed me the way Sweet Dream Baby did. It's a real shocker by a very good writer."—Elmore Leonard

"Sterling Watson's Sweet Dream Baby is one of the finest novels I've read in years, an incandescent blend of gothic noir, Faulknerian dreamscape and bittersweet coming-of-age story. Months after reading it, it haunts me still."—Dennis Lehane

"Sterling Watson's Sweet Dream Baby brings us the words and music, the tastes and smells of that special time—as well as its heartache and secret shame. I was utterly absorbed in these fierce pages."—Fred Chappell, author of Look Back All the Green Valley

"Sweet Dream Baby is a beautiful book. Sterling Watson is surehanded and telling in a story that is as elegiac as it is gripping."—Michael Connelly, author of Chasing the Dime

"Some delicious page-turning."—Kirkus Reviews

A Book Sense 76 Top 10 Selection

Named to Top Ten Crime Books of 2002, Toronto Globe and Mail

"Watson proves himself a first-rate storyteller."—Publishers Weekly

"A comprehensive work of art that is as thought-provoking as it is disturbing."—Orlando Sentinel

Sterling Watson is the author of four previous novels: Deadly Sweet, Blind Tongues, The Calling and Weep No More My Brother. He teaches literature and creative writing at Eckerd College, a private liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Product Details ISBN: 9781402201486
ISBN-10: 1402201486
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: February 1st, 2004
Pages: 352
Language: English