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Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2

• A CURE FOR DREAMS presents the story of four generations of women as told by a mother to a daughter.

• The story begins in Bell County, Kentucky, in the early Twentieth century.

• In an Introduction dated December 15, 1989, Marjorie Polly Randolph writes that her mother, Betty Davies Randolph, died the previous month.

• Marjorie states that she, her mother, and her grandmother, Lottie O'Cadhain Davies always looked younger than their actual age.

• Marjorie states that her mother loved to talk and she loved listening to her.
• Betty tells the story of her mother, Lottie, as a young girl with fantasies of meeting a dashing man on horseback.

• The man Lottie actually marries, Charles Davies, is a Quaker farmer.

• Lottie's Irish mother, Bridget O'Cadhain, is prejudiced against Quakers and believes that everyone is determined to persecute Irish Catholics.

• Charles states that Lottie's family is in such dire straits...

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