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Asleep

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Asleep

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
58948
publisher:
Grove
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Using sleep as a metaphor for death, psychic travel, and emotional deep freeze, the trio of novellas Asleep features young women waiting for life to resume after a tragedy. The first two stories rely heavily on sentimental reflections on dead people, but the third is layered with meaning. In it, a kept woman sleeps all day and awakens to be with her lover, whose wife is in a coma. Sleep numbs her while she provides company for her emotionally suspended boyfriend; meanwhile, her best friend makes her living by keeping lonely, damaged men and women company while they sleep. Where Banana Yoshimoto’s opening tales are charming but aimless, this one is an eerie zinger. B

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