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Dreamers of the Day

By: Mary Doria Russell
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
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Publisher's summary

A schoolteacher still reeling from the tragedies of the Great War and the influenza epidemic travels to the Middle East in this memorable and passionate novel.

Agnes Shanklin, a 40-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio, has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference convenes, she is freed for the first time from her mother’s withering influence and finds herself being wooed by a handsome, mysterious German.

At the same time, Agnes - with her plainspoken American opinions - is drawn into the company of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell, who will, in the space of a few days, redraw the world map to create the modern Middle East. As they change history, Agnes too will find her own life transformed forever.

With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today’s headlines.

©2008 Mary Doria Russell (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic reviews

"An instantly likable heroine whose unlikely adventures will keep readers hooked to the end." ( Publishers Weekly)

“Marvelous...a stirring story of personal awakening set against the background of a crucial moment in modern history.” (The Washington Post)

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Mary hits another home run with a great book!

I truly enjoyed this story. the characters brought a smile to my face. I really got a kick out of all her relatives talking in her head.

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