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Big Dream, The Paperback – Sep 30 2011


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Biblioasis; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926845285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926845289
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,197,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The prose in these 13 stories," says Jeff Bursey, " contains rueful truths...swift portraits...and depths of feeling—The Quarterly Conversation

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"In her spry, satirical new collection, Rosenblum (Once) presents 13 dialogue-rich and highly readable vignettes featuring a colorful cast of characters who work for Dream Inc., a foundering Canada-based lifestyle-magazine publisher. There’s the Vice President of Human Resources, forced to lay off customer-service reps while her mother lays dying in a local hospital; the college student on the verge of a nervous breakdown who works in the cafeteria; the corporate-branding specialist experimenting with lesbianism; and the retired exec who can’t quite let go of the dream. None of her main characters are editors; they come from other areas of the publishing industry, and they struggle with such mundane decisions as where to eat lunch and what to do after work. Rosenblum makes these challenges read like monumental events in her characters’ lives (which they no doubt are), and deserves admiration for her well-chosen details and nuanced protagonists."—Publisher's Weekly

"Rosenblum’s characters are funny and human ... they are distinct and engaging. It’s lovely, moving writing."—The Quill & Quire

"Each short story is rich with memorable dialogue, capturing the empty banter, complaints, and flirtations that often fill the halls of an office. Rosenblum’s natural dialogue and descriptive prose result in a collection that successfully depicts the complex balancing act between home and work that so often define the lives of office workers who struggle to stay afloat inside and outside of their cubicles."—this Magazine

"Rosenblum is an entertaining master of minutia, she has a prodigious ability to take ordinary details and restyle or adorn them in just the slightest way, transforming the mundane into the eccentric. The stories in The Big Dream come alive with orange-juice stained pillows, Zellers jeans, and jam sandwiches ... The Big Dream thoroughly succeeds ... Rebecca Rosenblum is a gifted chronicler of our time."—The Rover

"[These stories] contain images ... so evocative that they vibrate. Rosenblum is an elegant stylist and spiky humorist; her language is precise, her ear for dialogue almost faultless"—The Globe & Mail

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