Kim Addonizio. My Dreams Out in the
Street (2007) 257 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Rita Jackson is a young woman on the skids,
spending her time in shelters and on the dot-com-drunk streets of late
1990s San Francisco. She’s a young woman haunted by the murder of her mother
when she was thirteen, and a young bride haunted by the disappearance of
her husband, Jimmy, who split after a nasty argument more than a year earlier.
Together Jimmy and Rita were slipping into drugs and hard times. Rita is
filled with feelings of guilt and failure, and the hope that she will one
day find Jimmy. She doesn’t know that he is still in the city, still in
love with her, waiting tables in an expensive restaurant while trying to
get a foothold in the straight life. When Rita witnesses the aftermath
of a murder, her own life is endangered. She becomes involved with Gary
Shepard, a married criminal investigator drawn to the dark side of this
young woman. What unfolds is a story of three flawed people struggling
with themselves as much as with their circumstances, as each of them is
pulled more deeply and dangerously into the consequences of their decisions.
When a drunken night leads Jimmy to jeopardize his second and last chance,
it seems unlikely that these sweet, damaged people will ever come to anything,
let alone find and—miracle of miracles—save one another.”
Setting: San Francisco