Join SubText Books on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Judy McConnell for her new book, "Dreamhouse." Book signing to follow!
Radley and Shane Gallagher are a golden couple in the world of the 1960s/1970s. Shane has steadily climbed the corporate ladder while Radley has settled into her role as a housewife, taking care of their dream house in an upscale suburb. But, as the Vietnam War drags on, disillusionment settles in.
Radley becomes frustrated with her homemaking role, and Shane would rather stay home drinking than go on family outings. Increasingly unhappy, Radley finds an outlet in a consciousness-raising feminist group. As her involvement in the civil rights and women’s movements increases, so does Shane’s detachment and drinking.
Only when an accident nearly claims one of their children are Radley and Shane shocked into looking at what they’ve become—and what they’ve lost through their idealized expectations. Set against the backdrop of the social movements of the era, “Dreamhouse” is realistic and disturbing, though it also offers a ray of hope.
Judy McConnell was born in Charleston, West Virginia and moved to Minnesota with her family in 1939. After graduating in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, she traveled and lived on the coasts until marrying and undertaking a career as a Training Specialist. She became interested in writing at an early age, but didn't take up writing full time until age 73. She lives in active retirement in St. Louis Park and has two children and five granddaughters.