RaveVol. 1 BrooklynI defy any reader to put this book down once you start it. Especially when the mysterious Mrs. Funk arrives to care for the children and run the house. Ms. Messud makes this all sound like juicy gossip whispered between mothers at the playground ... A Dream Life is a comment on and an evisceration of privilege. To put it plainly, a fish out of water story. It’s also too short (said the greedy literary snob). I wish it were 500 pages longer because I want to know what Teddy and Alice are up to right now.