Madeleine Is Sleeping

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Harcourt, 2005 - Fiction - 259 pages
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When a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear: A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband's viol. And in their midst travels Madeleine, the dreamer, who is trying to make sense of her own metamorphosis as she leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love.

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.

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The prose is beautiful. - Goodreads
Loved the premise but the book was awful. - Goodreads
Bynum's writing style is simply hypnotic. - Goodreads
Strange plot as well. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Alisia - Goodreads

I usually like experimentation novels, or ones that are lyrical and truly play around with prose. I like fantasy, and books that blur the line between dream and reality. However, this one was disappointing. Read full review

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User Review  - Tammy Shorter - Goodreads

I found this to be a very interesting approach to writing a novel. I love the dark fairytale genre in movies (think Edward Scissorhands, Moulin Rouge etc), but could not find anything uplifting in ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

SARAH SHUN-LIEN BYNUM's fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

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