Author(s): SITTENFELD CURTIS
After the breakup of her parents' marriage, teenage Hannah Gavener is shipped off to live with a Philadelphia aunt. Feeling like the divorce refugee that she is, Hannah struggles through her insecurities, seemingly content to live in the shadow of her hip, gorgeous cousin Fig. Later, in sessions with her college psychiatrist, she begins to cope more directly with her problems, but her intense ambivalence about deep relationships persists. Curtis Sittenfeld's The Man of My Dreamspresents a central character whose crises and decisions unfold with the hard logic of life. A fine stand-alone follow-up to the author's debut novel, Prep.
Prep rode to its wild success on the impression that Sittenfeld, a prep school teacher, was spilling some beans. By stepping outside that dynamic, Sittenfeld has surrendered an easy advantage. I admire that sacrifice. The Man of My Dreams reads like the next necessary step in a serious career.
— The New York Times
Sittenfeld writes in crisp, vigorous prose that frequently rises to eloquence. She's especially good at describing what it feels like to be the outsider in a group. Hannah steps into a car and "is bombarded with music and cigarette smoke and the creamy, perfumed smell of girls who take better care of themselves than she does." Out of jealousy, Hannah intentionally provokes her more appealing and sought after sister, and then "sits there in the hideous, quiet aftermath of her own hostility."
— The Washington Post
Curtis Sittenfeld’s first novel, Prep, was a national bestseller. It was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, will be published in fourteen foreign countries, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Sittenfeld’s nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Allure, Glamour, and on NPR’s This American Life. She lives in Philadelphia. Visit her website at www.curtissittenfeld.com.