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San Francisco in the 1990s. High tech startups, IPOs, stock option millionaires. Once the cradle of the Beat Generation, the Haight Ashbury, the Aquarian Revolution, Gay Liberation, Bike Messenger Chic, San Francisco finds itself fighting for its own soul, a struggle reflected in the life of Tommy Delacroix, an alternative journalist turned corporate copywriter who has tra ...more
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Andrew Dugas
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book SUCKS. I should know, since I wrote it. Sure, some people like it. Hell, some people LOVE it. But they're mostly people I know or have paid off or threatened with physical violence or worse.

You shouldn't listen to them. You shouldn't let other people's opinions sway you in either direction. How well can you trust these reviews -- yes, even this one -- anyway?

Have you ever picked up a book because a friend raved about it? And then you hated it? And the next time you saw that person, yo
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Alvin
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Perishingly few American novels focus on the single most glaring aspect of contemporary American society: the appallingly large and ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. Sleepwalking in Paradise bravely bucks the trend, delivering a suspenseful, well-written, and occasionally wry story with social inequality (and its odious effect on the human soul) at its very heart. Lovers of San Francisco and San Franciscans will appreciate that the city is deftly portrayed, from top to botto ...more
James Warner
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cynicism struggles with faith in this story of public relations versus miracles, of the scheming brain versus the urgency of experiential shamanism. The quest of Tommy Delacroix to explain a random act of faith healing takes him from the streets to the boardrooms to the maternity wards of the San Francisco Bay Area, leading him to figure out what's really important in life, in a compelling tale of corporate intrigue and personal self-discovery.
Matt Stewart
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Andy Dugas has concocted a mouthwatering San Francisco stew, mixing meaty local characters with flavorful dotcom insanity and spicing with a delicious dash of Bay Area magic. It's the Unofficial Meal of Paradise.
Ransom Stephens
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sleepwalking in Paradise is redeeming and funny, pertinent and modern. It's a great ride through modern America with a spiritual twist that brings to mind Richard Bach at his Illusions-best.
Jay
I received this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.

I'm a little embarrassed by how long it took me to read this book. It's an incredibly easy read, and should have only taken me a couple of days at the most. The chapters are short (varying between a couple of pages and ten), and change perspective each time.

The main problem with the story was that nothing of interest happened until the last fifty odd pages. Each character was relatively separate from the next, and although I co
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David
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My experience with Goodreads 1st Reads and books that I've won have been hit or miss. This is a hit, a solid hit. Dugas takes the magic of San Francisco of the 1960s and transports it to the late 1990s, when the Bay Area could use another dose of it. His writing is solid, rarely self-conscious, and the story moves along at a swift pace. The characters are well drawn and easy to imagine, especially Tommy and Marta. My only criticism, and it's slight given the scope of what Dugas has accomplished ...more
Helen
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a Goodreads giveaway and I'm glad I had the chance to read something I wouldn't have come across in my regular travels. Sleepwalking in Paradise is subtitled A San Francisco Novel, but since I know nothing at all about San Francisco, it could have been set anywhere. In this iPad age I've forgotten how to read patiently, so I felt the story took a while to get started. For at least the first half I couldn't have told you what it was about in under a paragraph. Is this a failing of the bo ...more
Marty Beaudet
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: San Franciscans, humor fans, those who like quirky characters
Recommended to Marty by: Matt Stewart
I was sorry to finish this book, it was so much fun! An entertaining read with a clever premise, humorously told by a clearly skilled writer. I particularly appreciated the setting, as San Francisco was my home for 13 years. In fact, the protagonist lived in my former neighborhood, and much of the action took place in an office building in the Financial District, on the corner where I worked for 7 years. Even the time period corresponded to the time I lived there. I felt right at home! Anyone wh ...more
Anita
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adventure-filled novel with a whole lot of heart! I often find myself avoiding fiction for long periods of time, as I find few experiences as disappointing as reading a poorly-told story. This is one of those books, however, that reminds me that one *beautifully* written story is worth a whole stack of science books. I found myself feeling like I really knew these characters, and when I was away from the book for a few days, I realized I was wondering what would happen next in the story while ...more
Lacey Thyme
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was going to be boring since even reading the synopsis was making my head ache. Glad the wording wasn't anything like in the synopsis; it was easy to read through and entertaining. I was worried about it being a San Fransisco novel as I am not a local, or anywhere near the country it is set in for the matter, but as I mentioned before, it was a good read - a really good one considering the fact that I've been putting novels back on the shelf after a few pages in the past several mon ...more
Steven
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are innumerable good things to say about this novel. It operates on so many levels--magical-adventure, "San Francisco" novel (taking place in my old 'hood), exploration of big-city socio-politics, and then spiritual/personal evolution. And it achieves all these things in a thoroughly entertaining and page-turning way. There are very few books that I can say have permanently altered my day-to-day perceptions of the world, but this is one of them.
Byron Hatcher
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It did not suck- it oozed.... (delightfully) pungent characters and a well-paced plot. I found it reminiscent of other favorites, particularly 'Illusions' by R Bach and 'Lamb' by Christopher Moore. I eagerly await his next submission.
Erin
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was kind of nuts. Sort of in a good way and sort of like, what the?! It was fun, a bit fantastical, and all in all, a good story. I got it through a Goodreads giveaway.
Sandra
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dugas is to be commended for braving to capture the cultural moment of contemporary San Francisco and for doing so admirably. With one-eyebrow raised, he scribbles out just the sort of people you would meet from such disparate worlds of the booming high-tech economy and persistent street life. He brings a personal intimacy to his rendering of the nooks and crannies in this paradisal city, and even lovingly depicts old warhorses on the literary scene. His young protagonist, Tommy, presents the ex ...more
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Andrew Dugas's fiction and poetry have appeared in LITnIMAGE, Fiction 365, the SoMa Literary Review, Unlikely Stories 2.0, edifice WRECKED, Bound Off Books, Poems Niederngasse, and elsewhere.

A graduate of Ithaca College, he is also a two-year veteran of Cornell's Creative Writing Workshop.

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