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An alternative cover for this ISBN can be found hereVera Perl, the bright, edgy heroine of "Bigfoot Dreams, " is the star reporter of a sleazy supermarket tabloid. At work, she conjures up stories about UFO sightings, miracle cures in garden vegetables, evidence of life after death, and the ever-popular Bigfoot. At home, she contends with a precocious daughter, and errantAn alternative cover for this ISBN can be found hereVera Perl, the bright, edgy heroine of "Bigfoot Dreams, " is the star reporter of a sleazy supermarket tabloid. At work, she conjures up stories about UFO sightings, miracle cures in garden vegetables, evidence of life after death, and the ever-popular Bigfoot. At home, she contends with a precocious daughter, and errant husband, and her own fantasies. It all works well enough it she doesn't think too deeply. But then one day Vera discovers that one of the stories she's invented has turned out to be true in ways she never could have dreamed......

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ISBN : 9780805048605
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Bigfoot Dreams Reviews

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-03-03 05:40

    This unusual novel follows Vera, a single mother living in New York City and working at a tabloid called This Week. Vera writes stories about outlandish creatures, weird occurrences and the unbelievable. She makes all the stories up. Her brain is constantly thinking up lurid headlines for everything she observes and lately she has been dreaming about Bigfoot befriending her and letting her see where he lives. One day the paper's photographer gives her a picture he took and Vera makes up a story about the picture, choosing names and ages for the kids portayed, names for the parents, and a profession for the father. And against all odds, the match the family's true identity. so the family is suing the paper, and Vera's job is in jeopardy.Her daughter Rosie is at the age where she is starting to be interested in boys, as well as starting to not share everything with her mother.Vera's husband Lowell is a wanderer and dreamer and although they are still married and care about each other and Rosie, he lives out in California, so it is a surprise when he turns up one day. He seems to slide effortlessly back into their lives, but it is only temporary.The issue with the story makes Vera look harder at her life, her losses and her gains, her skills, and she takes advantage of a connection to the American Cryptobiological Society to explore her Bigfoot Dreams more closely, and come to terms with her reality.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-24 06:35

    Not sure if I am going to make it through this one. The description is hyperbolic in a way that feels tedious and untrustworthy. It was lent to me by a friend who likes to read 80s fiction as a way of remembering the recent past. While the cuckoo clocks, telephones and typewriters are endearing I am not sure they make up for the unfocused voice of the author.

  • Kate
    2019-02-28 05:44

    I did the dumbest thing! I was going to Costco intending for the Photo Dept. to transfer photos from my camera to a thumb drive so I could use them in a document I had to prepare. It's always at least an hour for Costco to do anything like that, so I brought this book with me so I could sit and read to while away the time. But ... they could only print out the photos, not transfer them to me by email, or transfer them to my thumb drive. So I left, and went to the camera store.And somewhere along the way, I lost the book. I've been back to Costco, & it wasn't turned it. So I guess it's gone to its new forever home & I was at least halfway through and wondering how the story ends.

  • Kassandra
    2019-03-05 02:35

    interesting, i was able to pick up on some themes and patterns, so that was cool

  • Christine
    2019-03-01 23:44

    Some years ago, a national magazine (maybe Smithsonian? maybe not?) published a photo of writers for the tabloid "The National Enquirer" wearing t-shirts from the colleges from which they had graduated. There were some Ivies (I remember Penn) and other prestigious schools. The protagonist of Francine Prose's "Bigfoot Dreams" could be one of those writers. Vera, who writes for the fictional "This Week" tabloid, is smart and imaginative. She thinks in tabloid headlines ("91-Year-Old Mo Bears Bouncing Babe!" "Howdy Doody Victim of Bizarre Kiddie Cult!"), especially headlines involving Bigfoot, her fantasy creature: "I Married Bigfoot." She might also be psychic. Her photographers share photos with her and she makes up stories about them--until one of her stories turns out to be true. Chaos and lawsuits follow, and Vera loses her job. She follows her Bigfoot dreams to a convention of cryptobiologists, hoping to further her writing career. Vera's life is complicated by a sometimes-husband, the hot and dreamy Arkansas native Lowell, her 10-going-on-20-year-old daughter, and a variety of quirky friends and colleagues. Bigfoot Dreams, one of Prose's earlier novels, was published in 1986; drugs, leftover hippiness, and pre-web celebrity culture abound. "Bigfoot Dreams" is a riot of a novel about wanting to believe. Prose went on to receive numerous awards and her brave and edgy Blue Angel (a satire about sexual harassment in academe). Her novel Household Saints--an interesting theme for a Jewish writer--was made into a film with Traci Ullman and Lili Taylor, which I saw in a graduate course on religion and film. She is also a diverse essayist and writer of nonfiction and children's literature. Her essay on religious food taboos and ways around them, "Faith and Bacon" appeared in Saveur magazine.

  • Flo
    2019-03-03 22:42

    This is the first book I have read by Francine Prose and I am ready to read all her others--that's how much I enjoyed it. This was a good, funny, intelligent read. Vera Perl, single mother of precocious 10 year old Rosie, has been working for years at a sleazy tabloid newspaper, inventing stories for people who read the paper while waiting on line at the supermarket since Vera cannot imagine anyone shelling out actual money to read about Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and various other ridiculous myths and urban legends. Vera has written a story based on a photograph given to her by her on-again-off-again lover, Solomon, the photographer at the paper showing 2 children selling lemonade on a city street. Vera's makes up the names of the children and their parents as well as their professions, they live in Brooklyn and the lemonade acts as a fountain of youth. All hell breaks loose at her paper when it appears that these people really exist, lawyers are suing the paper for invasion of privacy and no one believes Vera made it up. Vera's life changes, her ex shows up, she visits her best friend in Seattle and attends a convention of people who really do believe in Bigfoot. So funny and intriguing, I finished it in 4 days.

  • Maryka
    2019-02-23 00:18

    This is a favorite! A jaded tabloid reporter sees plenty of freaks every morning on the subway as she rides to work. She decides to save herself the trouble of research and begins to make up stories about these characters. She finds she can complete a day's worth of stories on her way to work, leaving her at loose ends once she in the office. One day she realizes it's about time for the annual Bigfoot story-AGAIN. What to do with him this time? He hasn't been showing up on the subway. She and a staff photographer spend a day tooling around Long Island, he snapping photos, she praying for inspiration. Her prayers are answered in a photo of two little kids running a lemonade stand in front of their house. The story this writer creates around their image becomes a case of life imitating art. Are the stories in the tabloids true? Maybe not until after they're written. This one's like the twilight zone with a sense of humor.

  • Judy
    2019-03-14 01:29

    Vera Perl is an unhappy thirty-something reporter with a troublesome ex, overwhelming parents and a precocious ten year old daughter. She works for a tabloid which carries stories on the stranger side of life – Loch Ness monsters, living dinosaurs, conspiracy theories, cancer cures and of course, Vera’s favourite subject – Bigfoot. After being shown a photo of two children at a Lemonade stand, Vera invents a tap water fountain of youth at a suburban family’s home which somehow seems to come true, and she finds herself in trouble. So begins a frenetic cross country journey where Vera attempts to converge reality with imagination.Prose is an exhilarating writer. Her impressive imagination is evident on every page. There are laugh-aloud moments in this book which are nicely balanced with sympathetic passages and exciting action.

  • Cerealflakes
    2019-03-17 05:18

    I have read lots of articles by Francine Prose in food and gardening magazines, but this was the first novel I have read by her. I enjoyed the premise of the novel - a woman who writes for a National Enquirer type magazine - but it just wasn't enough to carry the novel. The novel felt both too long and not well developed. Aside from the main character, the characters weren't fully fleshed out and there wasn't much of a plot. This was more of a year in the life type of book.Also, Prose did something very annoying for those of us from Seattle. She had her character go to the "Pike Street Market." There is no such place in Seattle, even though you see it written and hear it all the time. It's the Pike Place Market.

  • Migratory
    2019-03-23 23:38

    I enjoyed this novel from the 1980's by Francine Prose. It seems to be semi-autobiographical, or at least based on closely observed experiences. The point of view character is a single mother of a 10 year old who writes for a tabloid. Though this book remains fairly light in its content and narrative, it has a certain intellectual depth and emotional complexity. The reflections about relationships and the core experiences of adulthood seem open and genuine without being self-involved. The conceits about the supernatural aren't all that successful, but Prose is a talented storyteller and the book is readable and interesting despite an occasional sense of artifice.

  • Elizabeth Desole
    2019-02-21 04:30

    The main character in this writes for an (80's) National Enquirer-type paper.The good part is that she is constantly coming up with these fantasy scenarios from everything she sees. They tend towards the neurotic, but I feel that anyone with a child can at least somewhat relate to the always imagining the worst case scenario when worrying about your child. Unfortunately, too much of the book deals with how unrelated this writer is to anyone. She's a very frustrating character and I just found myself getting bored with her. It's a shame because the premise isn't boring but the main character is. It ruined the flow for me

  • Jenny Yates
    2019-03-21 02:36

    I enjoyed this novel, whose central character writes imaginative fiction for a tabloid newspaper. She writes about Bigfoot, about appliances that have suddenly gone berserk, about boys raised by cats, and about magical things that probably won’t ever happen. Only occasionally they do happen. What’s up with that? This book is also about friendship, New York City, living with a pre-teen daughter, and bottoming out.

  • Travis Littlechilds
    2019-03-12 00:23

    Given as a suggestion to "what's your favourite book as a writer?" - from the blurb it made me think "oh wow, what have I gotten myself into" but it's a surprisingly good snapshot of a few weeks of someones life. All of the emotion, fantasies, hopes and dreams of one person who just wants to see bigfoot.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-05 06:33

    odd. and I'm not sure if it's because it was written in 1986, or I am just not a fan of the author. but I don't like Vera at all. she has a kid and she's doing drugs and smoking and drinking and writing trashy stories for a "newspaper" and her daughter seems much older than 10.

  • Jrobertus
    2019-03-07 04:39

    This is a funny book, about a woman who writes for a sensational tabloid. Under deadline pressure she comes up with a story that big foot has been breaking into rural convenience stores to steal cigarettes. Well there you go.

  • Cher
    2019-03-12 22:30

    Very funny, very relatable to my world view, enjoyed every minute though was disappointed Bigfoot did not make the ultimate appearance.... but then like many things maybe the myth is better than the reality...

  • Megan
    2019-02-22 00:28

    Not F.P.'s best. Read Blue Angel instead.

  • Donna
    2019-02-26 03:28

    i love finding a new author that has tons of new books to discover. this is about vera, who writes for a newspaper like the enquirer and publishes a fantastic story that turns out to be true.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-07 03:15

  • j_ay
    2019-03-07 00:14

    well written but it goes nowhere. The stuff with the newspaper was good, then gets lost. The relationship stuff was boooooooooooooring.

  • Liz
    2019-03-09 05:15

    A couple of perfect lines but ultimately I felt like this had the weight of a short story. Meg's right; read "Blue Angel" instead.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-22 23:20

    One of my favorite writers, but I would not recommend this book. Maybe I missed something in this story of a tabloid writer who sees one of her fabricated stories coming true.

  • Dee
    2019-03-23 00:21

    What happen when you make up a story and it turns out to be true?