“…We’d gone about it the wrong way: invested three hours to clean up a tiny bathroom, and all we had to show for it was six nicely rearranged rugs, six big bags of trash, three or four bruised egos, and an angry mother.
I embraced my little sisters again, and suddenly the weight of it all hit us as if we’d been bombarded by steel beams from heaven. The three of us began weeping like there was no tomorrow. And with our heads bent low like three downtrodden sunflowers, we felt every bit as horrible as the house had looked. How on earth had it ever become so bad?”
When Kelly returns home after thirty years to help her parents get their lives back in order, she realizes that her mother’s hoarding behavior has resulted in an unsafe living environment, affecting the health and livelihood of herself and those around her. Kelly questions what prompted her mother’s hoarding behavior in the first place and in doing so, she discovers an agonizing truth. Will Kelly be able to sort through the mess to find love, laughter, and encouragement for her and her family? Uncover her story as she restores order, ridding chaos and Collecting Dreams.
“Collecting Dreams is a wonderful book. As the son of a hoarder myself I totally understand the confusion, the total bewilderment and even the disorientation that is part and parcel of being a hoarder’s offspring… Collecting Dreams is a lovely book and I highly recommend it.”
Sue Whitmer has had a marvelous business career and started writing in response to a family member’s hoarding behavior. She likes to write about day-to-day themes that may be helpful to readers, like the importance of love, family, and faith.
A native of Colorado, Sue Whitmer grew up in Kansas and lives in New Jersey with her husband and younger son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book. The author did such a great job of including the reader in the story. There were so many challenges overcome by this family that I laughed and cried throughout the book. i didn't want to put it down. It's the best book I've read in a very long time!!
This is such a good book about how the author and siblings try to help their mother who is a hoarder. The author does not claim to be a scholar on hoarding, rather the book is written to help others who may be in the same or a similar situation. When the author finds a lost trinket from her youth, she is quickly taken back to that time and place and the reader is able to go along on the journey. I was able to "see" what the author was describing. Through the back and forth of today and times past, the author discovers some long hidden secrets that are hard to accept, but do help the family understand somewhat the hoarding behavior. It was so easy to read and I highly recommend it!!
Ms. Whitmer writes with bravery, truth and compassion about her experience with a family member who is a hoarder. This obsessive/compulsive disorder touches many of us, yet most of us are unwilling to reveal it to others. That is why her book is so important and valuable to read. Collecting Dreams is certainly well-researched, but its exceptional value exists in the compassionate narrative Sue Whitmer uses to describe the impact and family and community that hoarding becomes.
This book is really extraordinary! It was an easy read and I couldn't put it down!! I loved this book, I am telling my friends about it.