The Big Dream by Rebecca Rosenblum

The Big Dream

byRebecca Rosenblum

Paperback | September 30, 2011

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At Dream Inc., a lifestyle-magazine publisher, people are struggling to do more than their jobs. They struggle to fall in love. They struggle to stay that way. They struggle to be good parents, and to be good children. They struggle to have friends, to eat lunch, to be happy, and to answer the phone. And all that struggle can be pretty interesting … especially when it happens on company time.<_o3a_p>

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In The Big Dream, acclaimed short story writer Rebecca Rosenblum documents a new generation discovering itself in the workplace, and gives us an In Our Time for the present age.<_o3a_p>

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Title:The Big DreamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.2 × 5.28 × 0.48 inPublished:September 30, 2011Publisher:BiblioasisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926845285

ISBN - 13:9781926845289

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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 WeeklyEach 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 "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 RoverTheprose in these 13 stories," says Jeff Bursey, " containsrueful truths...swift portraits...and depths of feeling—The Quarterly Conversation