Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

Finalist, National Book Awards 1996 for Fiction

Martin Dressler- The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Milhauser book cover
ISBN 9780517703199
Vintage | Crown
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Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father’s cigar store.  In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied  by two sisters–one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin’s vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a  sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion.