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February 05 , 2010

Dreamer's Island


“In Dreamer’s Island Gretchen Hummel has created a rich, complex world that’s both beautiful and scary. Reading it, I found myself caught up in a lively and humorous community of artists, craftspeople, and dreamers-who are all too aware of the dangers that menace them from outside. I couldn’t put it down.”
– Alison Baker, winner of three O. Henry Awards and author of Loving Wanda Beaver

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