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Message to the Nurse of Dreams

Library Journal


"Set in the late 1960s, this refreshing collection of stories deals with black and white youth, not quite grown, who are trying to comprehend why and how they are all mexied together in a Texas oil town. In the title story, "Message to the Nurse of Dreams," two young girls, one black, one white, are brought into a lifelong cautious friendship. As the story’s narrator states at the beginning, "What a relief it would have been if Johnetta Pierce and I had met in a dream. We could have traded legs, a white set for brown, brown for white, and walked around the schoolyard in our new ones…all in order to answer the two questions neither of us ever asked aloud: are you or are you not the basic same as me?" Sandlin has done a masterly job; recommended for public libraries."

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