Madeleine Is Sleeping

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Houghton Mifflin 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.

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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User Review  - diovival - LibraryThing

Madeleine is sleeping. She dreams. In her dreams (are they dreams?), she is curious...she is punished...she is sent away. She joins a troupe of circus performers. She falls in love. All the while her family creeps about her. Shhhhhhhh. Read full review

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User Review  - jawalter - LibraryThing

Probably a bit too whimsical for my own tastes, although I'm not even sure that whimsical is the right word for this. Bynum does a wonderful job of recreating the illogical logic of the dreamstate ... Read full review

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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.

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