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The Beginner's Book of Dreams

(1988)
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This celebrated coming-of-age novel moves from Manhattan during the early days of Mad Men to the swinging, chaotic 1970s: A sensitive girl burdened with her mother's drinking and long string of husbands becomes a special young woman when her best friend's family opens her eyes to art

Esme Singer is a resilient girl from Los Angeles, new to Manhattan, who takes better care of her beautiful, alcoholic mother than her mother does of her. A former fashion model and extra in the movies, her mother attracts a series of husbands and boyfriends as Esme watches in fascination and sometimes horror. Esme's father comes and goes, forever riding the wave of the latest get-rich-quick scheme. As Esme becomes a teenager, she turns to her friend Leah's cultured, exotic family for inspiration and solace - especially Leah's father, a well-known photographer who encourages Esme to cultivate her gifts. Might art - and a favorite teacher - become the answer to some of her troubles?

The Beginner's Book of Dreams is an insightful, sophisticated, sometimes wickedly funny, always sharp-eyed portrayal of a young woman inventing and discovering her own independent spirit.

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Hardback Editions

March 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Beginner's Book of Dreams A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Benedict
ISBN: 0-394-55157-5 / 978-0-394-55157-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

May 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beginner's Book of Dreams, The
Author(s): Elizabeth Benedict
ISBN: 0-553-34703-9 / 978-0-553-34703-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Beginner's Book of Dreams: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Benedict
ISBN: 1-5318-0079-3 / 978-1-5318-0079-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Beginner's Book of Dreams: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Benedict
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Beginner's Book of Dreams: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Benedict
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

August 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Beginner's Book of Dreams: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Benedict
Publisher: Open Road Media
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