The Keepers of Family Histories

As we discussed in our interview with Kim Edwards, The Lake of Dreams is about a whole lot of different things. I think it mostly about family and how finding out something new about our family can change everything. ...more
my uncle Blake, my dad's youngest brother, is definitely our family historian. Every time we ... more

Are You A Dreamer?

It is unsurprising, given the title, that Kim Edwards' novel, The Lake of Dreams, does indeed feature many dreams. It contains both the dreams we make consciously and those that find us in our sleep....more
Lately I've been having my least favorite kind of dreams. The ones where people from various ... more

The Magic of Glass

As I read Kim Edwards The Lake of Dreams I was intrigued by Keegan's character in general, but especially his profession in glass working. I've always thought that stained glass and glass sculptures were fascinating. ...more
From the moment I started reading this book, the desire to own my own beautiful piece of glass ... more

Do You Have Wanderlust?

In Kim Edwards' The Lake of Dreams both Lucy and her ancestors had wanderlust. I love the word "wanderlust." Wanderlust is something I understand and I had it once myself. ...more
I swear you just described the town I grew up and went to high school in. I lived in the ... more

Do You Act From Love?

In Kim Edwards The Lake of Dreams, Lucy often comes off as angry and harsh. She's obviously unhappy but she's not really sure why. As a reader you question the motivations behind her actions -- is she acting out of love? Or from anger?...more
@sandlerpage i completely agree! Anger is often the easy path, and sometimes, acting in love ... more

Do You Act From Love?

In Kim Edwards The Lake of Dreams, Lucy often comes off as angry and harsh. She's obviously unhappy but she's not really sure why. As a reader you question the motivations behind her actions -- is she acting out of love? Or from anger?...more
@savvyjulie@Farmer Julie@rubsomedirt i agree, too! I am so happy that Y&L ended up together ... more

Journeys to Unknown Ends

One of the things I loved most about Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is that Theodora took risks. She wasn't exactly fearless, she calculated her risks carefully, but she let her instinct guide her. Perhaps no risk was bigger than when she left the stage and made a journey to an unknown end. ...more
At one point I was engaged, and I moved across the country [vertically, not the often referenced ... more

Do You Seek Praise? Or Punishment?

When you look at Theodora as a historical figure it's hard to imagine that an empress and saint would be someone who sought punishment over praise. Yet in Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore she was just such a person....more
@TexasRhea I had a similar experience. [which followed with several pages of journaling about ... more

How Do You Define Your Best?

"Good job!" "You did your best, that's what counts." We've all heard these phrases a some point but in the first pages of Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore the idea of doing one's best took on a different meaning. Theodora wasn't trying to do her best, she was trying to do her teacher's best -- the best that he expected. How often have each of us fallen into that trap?...more
I aim for my best by the following: in everything i say and do, i try to ask myself three ... more

Do You Fit In Or Do You Stand Out?

One of the first things that we learn in Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is that Theodora is not like the other girls. She does not fall in line. She does not obey. She's a fighter. She stands out when she is supposed to fit in. It is both her greatest strength, and her greatest weakness. "You don't fit because you don't want to. You wouldn't want to just be pretty, you'd rather stand out, make them laugh." p. 13 ...more
I love that you pointed out that when Theodora was on stage, she was middle school aged - what a ... more