Naked Sleeper: A Novel
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Naked Sleeper: A Novel

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Naked Sleeper is about a love triangle between Nona (a person who can't sleep), her husband Roy, and Lyle, a married writer Nona meets at a writers' retreat where she has gone to work on a book about her parents' lives, specifically her abandonment by her father as a child. Nona's memoir becomes part of the text of Naked Sleeper itself so the reader watches several stories...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Perennial (first published 1996)
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Naked Sleeper begins with the following passage: “Background is important. Things happen in the country that would never happen in the city. Things happen to people in strange places that would not happen to them at home. It isn’t true that people who cross the sea change their skies but not their natures. We are different depending on where we are.” The importance of never ignoring the sounds, scenery and past experiences that influence interpersonal relations is a refrain that presents itself...more
Monty Wildhack
So does the protagonist ever actually -do- anything?
Great book, I really enjoyed this one. It felt real. I think there are times in many people's lives when we wonder if we have made the right decisions and other times when we know that we didn't. I related to this book.
Beautifully written. Even if there was no story to follow I would enjoy listening to the words roll through my mind.
Vivienne Strauss
Amazing read, at times I felt I was reading my autobiography - so many thoughts I've had but expressed so much better than I would ever be able to. Like a few other books I just happened to read this year because they were seemingly on a shelf just waiting for me to pick them up.
analytical musings of an unhappy life ...meh.
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Sigrid Nunez is the author of six novels: A Feather on the Breath of God, Naked Sleeper, Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury, For Rouenna, The Last of Her Kind, and Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been a contributor to The New York Times, Harper's, O Magazine, The Believer, Tin House, and McSweeney's, among...more
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