Frances Lennox ladles out dinner every night to the motley, exuberant, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable tableher two sons and their friends, girlfriends, ex-friends, and ftesh-off-the-street friends. It's the early 1960s and certainly "everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." Except financial circumstances demand that Frances and her sons Eve with her proper ex-mother-in-law. And her ex-husband, Comrade Johnny, has just dumped his second wife's problem child at Frances's feet. And the world's political landscape has suddenly become surreal beyond imagination....
Set against the backdrop of the decade that changed the world forever, The Sweetest Dream is a riveting look at a group of people who dared to dream-and faced the inevitable cleanup afterward -- from one of the greatest writers of our time.
“Lessing’s sage, level gaze is everywhere bought to bear … [THE SWEETEST DREAM] is solidly wrought, deeply felt.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Irresistibly alluring … [THE SWEETEST DREAM is] one of Lessing’s most generous works.”
“[Lessing’s] acute political and artistic awareness makes her vision of our time rich and almost always freshly perceptive.”
-The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
“Lessing’s most engrossing novel in many years.”
-London Times Literary Supplement
“A great story with a Dickensian cast of memorable characters”
“[THE SWEETEST DREAM] is a beautifully made book.”
-Financial Times [London]