Before You Sleep

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 22, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In a saga sparkling with wisdom, wit and style, Linn Ullmann explores the emotional terrain of marriage and motherhood with wicked humour and a tender eye for human frailty.

‘Striking . . . a haunted, melancholy story of wandering parents and wayward children, and the ways they permeate one another’s past and future’ Sylvia Brownrigg, Independent

‘A wonderful novel . . . Ullmann has an extraordinary touch’ Gaby Wood, Observer

‘A seriously well-written meditation on seduction, family, and the need to find a home. It ranges in style from carnivalesque debauchery to stone-cold, limpid realism, all apparently glittering with an insouciant application of fantasy’ Herald

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Norwegian author and critic Ullmann debuts with this intriguing, looping meditation on the history of the Blom family, told by young Karin in jagged, emotionally oblique prose. The Blom family ... Read full review

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Sisters Karin and Julie Blom are 20 and 23 when Ullmann's wonderfully evocative debut novel opens. Right away readers experience their reactions to a moment of intense family engagement: Julie's 1990 ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Linn Ullmann is a graduate of New York University, where she studied English literature and began work on a Ph.D. She returned to her native Oslo in 1990 to pursue a career in journalism. A prominent literary critic, she also writes a column for Norway’s leading morning newspaper. She lives in Oslo with her husband and their children

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