Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America, edited by Susan Richards Shreve, foreword by Marian Wright Edelman
Stellar and provocative writing from thirty-four of America’s finest writers.
In the title essay of this extraordinary keepsake of child hood in America, John Edgar Wideman pays fierce tribute to a complex mother who “use3d to dream me home safely by sitting up and waiting for me to stumble in.” The young writer Bich Minh Nguyen remembers arriving in Michigan from Vietnam in 1975 and a classmate who said, “Your house smells funny,” and Michael Parker recalls a sister’s vivid – and hilarious – act of defiance on a particular North Carolina evening in 1971. These and many more intensely intimate memories make Dream Me Home Safely a collection as diverse and powerful as all of American letters. 223 pages
Paperback published in 2003