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    By: Kevin Baker

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    A sweeping tale of the immigrant experience in New York and Coney Island in the early 20th Century.

    'Dreamland' is a literary tour de force that delivers both a masterful, sweeping chronicle of an era of American history and an intimate, heart-wrenching portrait of the lives of its characters.

    Its cast of characters - whose intersecting lives come together in a magnificent, explosive conclusion - includes an Eastern European stowaway who arrives in New York harbour on the same boat that brings Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to America for a lecture tour; a young woman (the daughter of an unforgiving rabbi) working in the garment industry sweat-shops of the Lower East Side; a high-ranking politician neck-deep in Tammany Hall corruption; and a Coney Island dwarf who yearns to reinvent himself by "passing" as a young boy.

    It's a mesmerising portrait of immigrant New York in the early part of the 20th century, in which its characters confront both the glowing promise and the harsh reality of the American dream.

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