The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld Transworld, HK$104 American novelist Curtis Sittenfeld is best known for her fictional biography of Laura Bush, American Wife. While the intimate scenes caused a fuss (and some nausea), it slightly detracted from Sittenfeld's earlier work, the wonderful, witty and wonky Prep, a sharp high school comedy of manners. Reissued to cash in on both these hits, The Man of My Dreams is set from 1991 to 2005. It begins with 14-year-old Hannah Gavener, a born romantic - 21st century style. 'Julia Roberts is getting married. It's true. Her dress will be an eight-thousand-dollar custom-made two-piece gown from the Tyler Trafficante West Hollywood salon.' The only problem with Hannah's vision is the groom: Kiefer Sutherland, who's about to drink the Western hemisphere under the table. Shattered dreams of true love are Sittenfeld's theme, and she toys with these wonderfully. Hannah's parents are a disaster and worst of all is Henry, whom Hannah loves but who has chosen to date Fig, Hannah's cousin. 'I don't mean this to be glib,' Hannah says, 'but I feel life is distasteful and embarrassing.' In Sittenfeld's hands, it is also funny, wise and moving.