Madeleine Is Sleeping
An extraordinary debut, Madeleine Is Sleeping received jubilant critical acclaim and was honored with a National Book Award nomination. Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this "dream of a book" (Michael Cunningham) is an adventure in the discovery of art, sexuality, community, and the self.
- Paperback | 259 pages
- 134.6 x 200.7 x 20.3mm | 249.48g
- 01 Nov 2005
- Mariner Books
- United States
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Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this enchanting novel follows the dreams of a girl who has fallen mysteriously into a deep, impenetrable sleep. The fantastic mingles with the real as the dreaming Madeleine leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and stumbles into an unexpected triangle of desire, in this richly imagined adventure that transcends time and place.
"Bynum makes readers question the extent to which we may be sleepwalking through our lives. And she asks us to discover what our own dreams can teach us. The result is a small, enchanting novel that appeals to the naughty, insolent child in each of us."--"USA Today"
"The tale-telling is delicate, grave and almost evanescent . . . A voice at once sensuous and humorous, mellifluous and matter-of-fact."--"The Washington Post Book World"
"Luminous and daring."--"Los Angeles Times"
"Bynum's lush, poetic imagery is full of vivid, sensuous details one can almost smell, taste, and feel . . . Achingly human and poignantly telling."--"The Boston Globe"
"Audacious . . . extravagantly imagined . . . the novel is lovely."--"The New York Times"
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's fiction has appeared in the "Georgia Review," "TriQuarterly," "Alaska Quarterly Review," and the "Best American Short Stories 2004." She lives with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles, and teaches at the University of California, San Diego. "Madeleine Is"
"Sleeping" is her first novel.