Dream When You're Feeling Blue

Dream When You're Feeling Blue

A Novel

Book - 2007
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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg takes us to Chicago at the time of World War II in this wonderful story about three sisters, their lively Irish family, and the men they love.
As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say good-bye to their boyfriends Julian and Michael, who are going to fight overseas. On the domestic front, meat is rationed, children participate in metal drives, and Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller play songs that offer hope and lift spirits. And now the Heaney sisters sit at their kitchen table every evening to write letters--Louise to her fiancé, Kitty to the man she wishes fervently would propose, and Tish to an ever-changing group of men she meets at USO dances. In the letters the sisters send and receive are intimate glimpses of life both on the battlefront and at home. For Kitty, a confident, headstrong young woman, the departure of her boyfriend and the lessons she learns about love, resilience, and war will bring a surprise and a secret, and will lead her to a radical action for those she loves. The lifelong consequences of the choices the Heaney sisters make are at the heart of this superb novel about the power of love and the enduring strength of family.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400065103
1400065100
Branch Call Number: BERG E
Characteristics: 276 pages 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Dream when you are feeling blue

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lucky38
Mar 05, 2013

I loved this book. The 3 sisters going to dances where the soldiers were and cheering them up before they shipped out. I was drawn to Kitty and Louise. Kitty had the stronger personality. At night they would write letters to the soldiers. The sentimential songs that were so popular during war time were and still are wonderful. Louise knew all along what she wanted, a husband and children, and just stay home and take care of everyone. Kitty realized she wanted more and went about getting it. a nice surprise ending. I won't spoil it for others who might read these comments.!

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maipenrai
Feb 10, 2013

**** Stars Very nice World War II era novel - Berg is always excellent at character development - deals with the loves and losses of 3 Irish sisters in Chicago - recommend

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hitthebooks
Nov 11, 2011

This really made me think what it would have been like back in the day. Great detail about the war and it's toll on families. But the ending was kind of weird. Why Kitty didn't marry the man she loved and her sisters kept taking her boyfriends and marrying them I'll never know. Just proves you shouldn't wait so long to tell someone you want to be with them only.

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happy7
Feb 19, 2010

At first I thought this audio book was a sappy love story taking place during WWII but as the audio book progressed I really enjoyed it. In the shadow of war, this book gives a little peek into how much people gave up and struggled, in order to support their boys at war. Families and communities went on for better or for worse and the things we take for granted now, were treasured items then.
In the end, you become grateful that you don't have to live off of some of the meals these families had to endure and appreciate the things you have no matter how much or how little.

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KarenW
Jul 20, 2007

Once again Elizabeth Berg had me turning the pages late into the night, and just loving every word. The story was right up my alley - World War II home front described in perfect detail. And while most World War II home front novels are set in the UK, this one was set in Chicago in a large family consisting of three older sisters and three younger brothers. Each character is richly drawn even down to the youngest, Binks. Although their mother and father seem caricatures of Irish family life from a black and white Hollywood movie, you come to see their flaws as well as the good side that deviates from the norm. However it is Kitty that I was most drawn to. She is the charming and careless sister that everyone loves and it isn''t until she realizes her shallow nature that she becomes the woman she was meant to be. And she finds a man that makes her heart leap with joy! And then just when I start to think that maybe Elizabeth Berg is a grand author and this is one of the best books I have read, the ending hits you smack in the face. And not a nice smack either. Truly a disappointment, but I can learn to forget the tacked on epilogue and re-write my own ending! Ahh, that''s much better!

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clarelink
May 09, 2007

I'm a great fan of Elizabeth Berg. I discovered her after seeing a movie called "Open House" based on one of her books. I've now read them all and can't wait for the next one to be printed. If you're a fan of the WW II era, this is an especially good book to read.

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