Dreamed 1989 by MariNaomi
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This is a chapter from MariNaomi's 2011 book Kiss and Tell: a Romantic Resumé, Ages 0 to 22. I'd read a few of its stories in her comic Estrus, which I've followed for several years, but nothing prepared me for this.
At first glance, Mari's dream seems a minor element in this biographical tale--a grace note, expressing her feeling trapped. But it's not! Consider how many aspects of that dream work together to prod her to get out of Jason's crash-prone life:
Mind you, I'm not objective; I speak as one who's been there. Twice in my life, I've loved brilliant women whose lives were slow-motion crashes like Jason's. Both times, as the pressure grew unbearable and my life fell apart, I had nightmares warning me to leave--leave or die. And despite intense regrets like Mari's, I left. So I could live.
SOURCE: MariNaomi's Kiss and Tell: a Romantic Resumé, Ages 0 to 22, Harper Perennial, 2011. HIGHLY recommended!
© 2011 by MariNaomi. All rights reserved; do not repost/reprint (except brief excerpts for review) without permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd St, New York, NY 10022.
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