The Sleeping Father: A Novel

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Soft Skull Press, Sep 26, 2003 - Fiction - 200 pages
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A divorced dad of two teenagers inadvertently combines two incompatible antidepressant medications, goes into a coma, has a stroke, and emerges with brain damage. His teenage son and daughter, Chris and Cathy, inherit some money and decide to rehabilitate their father on their own. The Sleeping Father is about the shift in the way Americans think about mental health — from regarding personality as being shaped by one’s upbringing to its being shaped by the bloodstream’s hormone levels. In focusing on one family in crisis, Sharpe addresses the larger crisis in faith and authority in contemporary American life. Ultimately, this is a weird but wonderful story about two children who, not having an adequate father, decide to make one.
 

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Matthew Sharpe was born in New York City during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University, he is the author of a novel and a short story collection. He has been teaching creative writing in New York City public schools for the last twelve years and at Columbia University for the last five years, and just started teaching in the MFA program at Bard College. His stories and articles have appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope, BOMB, American Letters & Commentary, Southwest Review, and Teachers & Writers magazine.

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