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Bread and Dreams

Bread and Dreams

(2005)
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"A lovely book." raved Anne Rivers Siddons about Mina, Jonatha Ceely's luminous debut novel. "Suspenseful...evocative...meticulously researched," praised the Boston Globe. Now Ceely returns to the tumultuous mid-nineteenth- century landscape and the world of an unforgettable Irish girl named Mina Pigot. Appealing to mind, sense, and emotion, Bread and Dreams is a sumptuous novel of love and food, loss, hunger, and hope.

In 1848, a time when sail was giving way to the swift power of steam, Mina boards the sailing ship Victoria, headed for a new life in America. Orphaned and alone, under the protection of her friend Mr. Serle, Mina is, like the Victoria, at the mercy of the winds of fate. But what awaits both Mina and her protector in New York is a world rich with opportunity and danger.

As Mr. Serle, a master chef, finds work in a bustling hotel, Mina tries the life of a salesgirl and then joins the downstairs kitchen of a wealthy family, where she soon proves her exquisite touch with food. But mysteries swirl all around the Westervelt home, and soon they engulf Mina too. As she tries to navigate the shoals and eddies of hidden affairs and powerful secrets, and as her feelings for the mysterious Mr. Serle subtly begin to shift, a remarkable series of events begins to unfold. For Mina, an extraordinary adventure begins, one that will take her far away from New York-and bring a sudden, surprising change of heart...and an unexpected gift of love and responsibility.

From the gaslit streets of old New York to the cargo-crowded waterways of the Erie Canal, from one man fighting a personal battle of faith, duty, and desire to another scarred in body and soul by was, Bread and Dreams is filled with marvelously drawn characters and vivid images. And in the keenly observant, steadfast Mina Pigot we are given a narrator to treasure-and a brilliant guide into the heart and soul of America.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Bread and Dreams
Author(s): Jonatha Ceely
ISBN: 0-385-33689-6 / 978-0-385-33689-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Paperback Editions

November 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Bread and Dreams
Author(s): Jonatha Ceely
ISBN: 0-385-33687-X / 978-0-385-33687-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
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Kindle Editions

September 2005 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Bread and Dreams
Author(s): Jonatha Ceely
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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