The Sleeping Father: A Novel
The Sleeping Father begins with a divorced dad who inadvertently combines two incompatible anti-depressant medications, goes into a coma, has a stroke, and emerges with brain damage. His teenage son—the protagonist of the book, Chris—and his teenage daughter—Cathy—inherit money from their grandfather and decide to rehabilitate him on their own. decide to make one.
Absent an adequate father, the children decide to make one, bringing with it a host of difficulties and opportunities. Chris tries everything from sex to capitalism in his search for guidance on the path to adulthood and Cathy, believing her secular Jewishness inadequate in the provision of a benign & divine Father, looks to Catholicism for solace and meaning.
The Sleeping Father explores the shift in the way Americans think about mental health: away from regarding ourselves as being shaped by our upbringings and toward regarding ourselves as being shaped by the chemicals in our bloodstreams. The American family, in this novel, emerges as a microcosm of larger social institutions; Moms and Dads as in-home teachers, priests, presidents, and CEOs. In focusing on the Schwartz family in crisis, Sharpe addresses the larger crisis in faith and authority in contemporary American life.
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Review: The Sleeping FatherUser Review - Sue - Goodreads
Weird book. Bernard mixes Prozac and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and goes into a coma. His son Chris takes care of him. Read full review
Review: The Sleeping FatherUser Review - Daniel Haeusser - Goodreads
After reading an interview with Sharpe in Glimmer Train Stories literary journal I searched out this novel. The troubled quirky family, as others have noted, seems a literary cliche at this point, but ... Read full review
'Today Book Club': 'The Sleeping Father' - Fiction - MSNBC.com
Novel by Matthew Sharpe is the 'Today Book Club' February selection and it tells the story of two children who, not having an adequate father, ...
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Review of Matthew Sharpe’s novel The Sleeping Father; Toronto Star, sometime in 2004. One good thing about putting all this old stuff here is that it’s made ...
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The Sleeping Father is a novel by Matthew Sharpe first published in 2003 about an average middle-class American family struck by betrayal, separation, ...
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More than 20 publishers rejected the manuscript for "The Sleeping Father. ... The "Sleeping Father" is a dark comedy about Bernard, a divorced father of two ...
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