Hannah's Dream: A Novel by Diane Hammond

By Diane Hammond

An elephant by no means forgets . . . yet can she dream?

For 41 years, Samson Brown has been taking care of Hannah, the lone elephant on the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Having vowed to not retire until eventually an both loving and dedicated caretaker is located to switch him, Sam rejoices while shrewdpermanent, compassionate Neva Wilson is employed because the new elephant keeper. yet Neva fast discovers what Sam already understands: that regardless of their loving care, Hannah is remoted from different elephants and her toes are approximately ruined from status on demanding concrete all day. utilizing her contacts within the zookeeping global, Neva and Sam hatch a plan to ship Hannah to an elephant sanctuary—just because the zoo's offended, unsatisfied director launches an competitive revitalization crusade that spotlights Hannah because the superstar allure, inextricably tying Hannah's destiny to the destiny of the Max L. Biedelman Zoo.

A captivating, poignant, and alluring novel sure to enthrall readers of Water for Elephants, Diane Hammond's Hannah's Dream is a superbly instructed story wealthy in center, humor, and intelligence.

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I had known she would finally put me at risk. I tried to pay no attention when she stole things and presented them to me, because they were little things and of no use. A Mexican embroidered nightshirt, whereas I like to sleep in the altogether, or a silver money clip in the shape of an L for Lester, like I was some downtown lawyer, or an antique music box, for Christ’s sake, that plays “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean,” as if anyone would want to hear it more than once. Totally the wrong things for me, if it was me she was stealing for, whereas I was hard pressed to get a decent meal in this household.

I had seen enough. I woke up Karen and hustled her and the baby and all the Kmart paraphernalia into the Durango. Why, whatever is the matter, Lester? Karen said. She was still half asleep. Are we going somewhere? She looked frightened for a moment until I put Baby Wilson in her arms. I ran back to the house and grabbed some clothes and things for each of us. Then I ran back again and turned off the lights and locked the door. I could imagine them any minute coming up the road and through the woods around us at the same time.

She stood listening, Brenda, and shook her head. Lester, she said, your brains are in your balls. That is the way you are and the way you’ll always be. Goddamnit, Brenda, it’s not something I’ve done, you understand. Is this what I need to hear from you right now? She was squinting at me from the smoke drifting up into her eyes. I said, And you sometimes haven’t minded if that’s where my brain is, as I recall. Brenda is as unlike Karen as two women can be. Sturdier in mind, and shaped as if for the Bluebird clientele in her powder blue uniform with the Brenda stitched on the bosom pocket.

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