Cora Hightower's dream was to get her girls out of the South. She dreamed of the journey West, and of stories about the good life. She began to make plans; to get herself and her family, out. A poignant story of one family's quest to find a better life, we follow their journey from the poverty and disenfranchisement of the south, to the destination west.

This is a moving tale of the bitter and sweet struggles of one woman to find a better life for her family. Cora dreamed that one day she would escape the poverty and disenfranchisement of the smalltown South, and make the journey to California.

Why do we have to go to California? It's so far away and do we know anyone there? None of our friends live there. Can't we at least wait until the school year ends? Do we have to go now?" At thirteen, Bernice broke the silence of the evening with her usual barrage of questions. "Your daddy needs us now", answered Cora, gently but firmly, the worry lines visible on her face. Besides, I've already told you to stop asking so many questions. This is grown folks business, and you need to do what I told you to do." At thirty-six, Cora's life had not been easy, and now it showed on her creased brow, and ever-busy hands. ...

When Cora's husband becomes a victim of his own indiscretions--along with issues of an unscrupulous boss--Cora and the girls are left to deal with the transition of life- as-usual to seek a better life that must surely await them in Los Angeles.  Often both unforgettable and all-too-familiar characters, weave in and out of the lives of this family, sometimes for the better, and sometimes not.

I Leave You My Dreams strikes a very distinct note of universal recognition in both theme and setting as we revisit familiar locations throughout the Destination City -- from Central Avenue to the Beaches, I Leave You My Dreams affords an incredible glimpse of the 1940s migration shared by countless millions making the westward pilgrimage.


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