The Resource Dream House : a novel, Catherine Armsden

Dream House : a novel, Catherine Armsden

Label
Dream House : a novel
Title
Dream House
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Armsden
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Lush with sensory detail and emotional complexity, Dream House is about family, home, and an architect's journey to understand the crippling hold one house has on her. In the months following her parents' fatal car accident in Maine, architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart: anxious with her two young children, alienated by her clients' grand house dreams, and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco. While she and her sister Cassie are cleaning out their childhood home on the coast of Maine, they stir up painful memories and resentments over family possessions. A legendary collection of historically significant letters is missing from the artifacts they unearth, supporting a decades-old suspicion that their aunt or estranged cousin has stolen them. Threatened by the loss of the old house and its extraordinary seaside landscape, Gina finds her heart swinging wildly between Maine and California, creating conflict with her husband, Paul. To learn what the Maine house means to her, she approaches it objectively, as an architect, bringing it to life on paper. Her family's story unfolds room by room: the darkroom from which her gentle but passive father, Ron, ran his photography business, the kitchen where her volatile mother, Eleanor, toiled under the weight of dashed dreams. As children, Gina and Cassie warily navigated rooms permeated with toxic secrets hobbling Eleanor and Ron's marriage.As Gina deconstructs the house, startling truths are revealed, changing family history and allowing Gina and Cassie to begin healing family wounds. Gina has the chance to search the recesses of her heart, too, discovering within her a vitalizing compassion and an awakened understanding of what makes a house a home." -- Amazon.com
Summary
Architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart, alienated by her clients’ grand, house dreams and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco. When she travels to Maine to put family affairs in order at her childhood home, Gina and her sister Cassie stir up decades-old suspicions and resentments
Theme
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10460621
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Armsden, Catherine
Dewey number
813
Illustrations
portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women architects
  • Families
  • Family secrets
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Families
  • Family secrets
  • Women architects
  • California
  • Maine
Target audience
adult
Label
Dream House : a novel, Catherine Armsden
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn903763690
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780990537045
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)903763690
Label
Dream House : a novel, Catherine Armsden
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn903763690
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780990537045
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)903763690

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