Unfinished Dreams

by Mary Miller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 20/02/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 124
ISBN : 9781585005604

About the Book

When Abigail Addison invites the whole family down to spend her sixtieth birthday in the house that Fred, her husband of thirty-five years, built on an island off the coast of Georgia, she finds the beautiful red brick home with white columns somewhat lacking ... lacking paint, lacking plaster, lacking walls! But, as each member of the family arrives, they see a different house. Fred, the dreamer, sees it for what it will be. Abigail, the realist, sees it for the unfinished mess that it is. And their grown children, Margaret, Babs, and Lizbeth, look at it all as a last great adventure, reminiscent of their childhood and the house where they grew up in Atlanta.

Together, as they struggle to bring the walls of the house up, their individual walls begin to come down, until at last, at the height of the chaos, they are forced to re-examine themselves and each other ... and, suddenly, a house with no walls becomes a home.

Not since Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House has a more likeable fellow set out to build his dream home. Not since the 'Gift of the Magi' has a wife's gift of love created such havoc. Based on a true story, UNFINISHED DREAMS is the funny, often poignant love story of one man's family and the house he built off the coast of Georgia.

From the GREATEST GENERATION to the BABY BOOMERS, this book will strike a chord with everyone who has ever undertaken the task of building a home or simply adding a room. And it will touch anyone who has waited until the prime of his life to embrace those UNFINISHED DREAMS.

About the Author

Mary Miller was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and graduated from Westminster High School. She received her B.A. at Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, after having studied at the University of London in London, England, and Davidson College in Davidson, NC. She gained her theatrical experience from years of work in New York City, first as an actress and then as a playwright.

As an actress she appeared both on stage (Off-Off Broadway) as well as on television. For two years she worked on the daytime soap opera All My Children. Preferring writing to acting, Mary turned her attention to plays. She made her New York debut as a playwright with the production of LIGHT BURGERS WALTZING THROUGH THE GARDEN WITH JOE. She went on to win the Dayton Playhouse Future Fest with I WITNESS. After the publication of her short play 'FERRIS WHEEL' in the anthology TAKE TEN by Vintage Books/Random House, her work began to receive international attention. Since then she has written a number of both full-length and short plays, won over a dozen national playwriting awards and had her work produced throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

After a ten-year stint in New York City, she moved to St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia where she continued to write and see her work produced. While on St. Simons Island, she became involved in radio and worked for WMOG hosting the 'Open Mike' show, a live morning call-in program. From radio she moved into television working for WBSG-TV. There she wrote, produced, and served as anchor on the half-hour television series 'Close-Up 21.'

Two years ago, wrestling with ideas that were bigger than the stage, she turned her hand to novels and has subsequently written UNFINISHED DREAMS and A MATTER OF GRACE.

She currently lives and works in Atlanta.