This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

A Cure for Dreams by Kaye Gibbons

A Cure for Dreams (edition 1992)

by Kaye Gibbons (Author)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
444541,622 (3.88)7
A story that traces the bonds between four generations of resourceful Southern women through stories passed from one generation to another.
Title:A Cure for Dreams
Authors:Kaye Gibbons (Author)
Info:Vintage (1992), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

A Cure for Dreams by Kaye Gibbons

Recently added byAnnie8787, jcqb12, GiGiGo, JosephLPrice, Werefish, outofideas, private library, nkhenke, lratner



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 7 mentions

Showing 5 of 5
Gibbons' writing is excellent, and she provides just enough details. The book provided an illuminating picture of people I was not very knowledgeable about. The story was very interesting, and I'm glad I read it, but in the end, it did not amount to too much. I am conflicted; maybe I should just accept it for what it was. ( )
  suesbooks | Oct 15, 2020 |
This very short and spare novel features Betty Davies Randolph telling the story of her mother, and of her own childhood and young adulthood, marriage, and her daughter's birth. Betty and her mother Lottie were both strong women who led their lives as they saw fit (though they weren't necessarily happy in the end--are these stories meant to be the cure for her own daughter's dreams?). As usual, I would have liked more--especially more from Marjorie.

I definitely want to read Gibbons' better-known works. ( )
  Dreesie | Oct 8, 2019 |
Like Erskine Caldwell, Irene Nemirovsky, Kaye Gibbons is an author who writes books that appeal to me, this one is no exception. A ( )
  REINADECOPIAYPEGA | Jan 10, 2018 |
Once I'd read [Ellen Foster] I couldn't' get enough of Kaye Gibbons, and devoured all the books by her I could find. This one is set in the small towns of Virginia and Kentucky and celebrates strong women who survive within their rural communities. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
A Cure for dreams is set during the Depression in back-country Virginia and Kentucky. Betty Davies Randolph reveals her childhood and her mother's life along Milk Farm Road, capturing a bits of old-school South; it seems like bad things are bubbling just under the surface, waiting to burst free. She recounts a world where human passions are often dark and where salvation is not often forthcoming. Gibbons has not written a dark novel. The ameliorating effects of resilient women and family relationships bring a sense of the continuation of life, of birth and love and the land.
This book made me think about the relationships between generations and the effect they have on our lives. It also made me feel sad for the current generation of young parents. Due to the transient nature of our country, many, including my own, are far from home places and family. They do not get to know the sense of place that comes from having several generations within an easy commute. I think their lives are poorer for it. ( )
1 vote siubhank | Oct 17, 2007 |
Showing 5 of 5
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


A story that traces the bonds between four generations of resourceful Southern women through stories passed from one generation to another.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.88)
2 2
3 20
3.5 3
4 36
4.5 2
5 15

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 155,547,217 books! | Top bar: Always visible