Sleep Donation

Sleep Donation

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by Karen Russell
     
 
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an

Overview

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps� reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish�s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by �Baby A,� the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious �Donor Y.�

Sleep Donation explores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where �Night Worlds� offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
…[Russell] immerses the reader in a world that is both recognizably familiar and nightmarishly dystopian. The novella becomes, at once, a kind of meditation upon the transmission of stories and dreams…and an allegory about our overstimulated, sleep-deprived society…Ms. Russell writes with such assurance and speed that she puts the reader under a spell for the duration of her story. She creates a fully imagined world with its own rituals and rules, and deftly satirizes the media and governmental responses to the plague of sleeplessness…[Sleep Donation is] another testament to her fertile powers of invention.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149307852
Publisher:
Atavist Books
Publication date:
03/17/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
116,795
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Russell is the author of Swamplandia!, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and two collections of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a New York Times bestseller, and St. Lucy�s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, and she was named one of The New Yorker�s �20 Under 40,� The National Book Foundation�s �5 Under 35,� and Granta�s �Best of Young American Novelists.� She lives in New York City.

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Sleep Donation 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Big story packed into a small novella I received an advance reader edition of this book from Atavist Books and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars This was an enjoyable novella. This novella has an interesting and unique premise. The loved the writing. This is the first time that I have read any of Karen Russell's work and I was quite impressed. It is really quite amazing that so much story fit into this short novella. The author created wonderful characters to tell her story and a whole culture regarding an insomnia plague. Trish works for the Slumber Corps. The organization that collects donations of sleep that will be passed along to save people dying due to insomnia. Trish lost her sister Dori to the epidemic and uses her story to help enlist donors. Trish is excellent at her job and is the person responsible for finding "Baby A". Baby A is the only known universal donor and her father is quite protective. The Slumber Corps must also deal with the problem caused by "Donor Y" which is now plaguing sleep donation. Trish starts to question everything Slumber Corps stands for by the end of the book. I loved the world created within this novella. This was such an interesting concept. A plague of insomnia that can be cured by a donation of sleep. It was unique and very well done. I did feel that the end was a bit abrupt and would have liked to know just a bit more. I would recommend this novella for anyone looking for a unique story to fill an evening. The story is about 110 pages so it can easily be read in one sitting. I plan to read other works by Karen Russell. I also plan to keep my eyes open for future works published by Atavist Books since this is the first work from a brand new publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The early copy has been corrected so all pages are now available. Just archive your copy then unarchive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it should be available in print. That's what I think.
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Karen Russell makes me see with "fresh eyes." The connections she makes via fiction have truly real-world applications.
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SD_ReaderSG More than 1 year ago
This was a great idea for a story that started strong and ended abruptly. The character development that started at the beginning tapered off as the book went on. A good example is Donor Y. There was a description of him, but nothing that helped us as readers develop a relationship with him. The formatting errors that other people have complained about still exist.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I an in fundraising and found the insomnia lissue interesting to raise the notion of fraud in charity work Well done
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting story. No action, no gore, no ethical and moral conflicts, none of the things that normally make me unable to unplug and audiobook were present here. Sleep donation is a story that made me work to understand exactly what had happened and where it was going. This is an aloof account of Trish a Sleep Corp Recruiter. Who's job it is to seek out and secure dream donations that can be given to those suffering from the insomnia epidemic. Allowing them to live just a bit longer until it is time for another donation. I really wanted to feel invested in the story. I really wanted to connect to some of the characters. I just couldn't get there. If you are looking for a unique and quick read / listen. You don't care if you like it or hate it, as I am sure most will feel one way or the other. Have a sense of adventure. You should check Sleep Donation out. Audiobook provided for review by the publisher. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the overall idea, but I had a hard time staying motivated to finish. I unfortunately have no words to describe exactly why I couldn't get uber-excited for this story. It was too... something... too stream of conscious, too out there, too ??????. Whatever the specific term I'm looking for, I don't know if I'd put this on my list of recommended reads. I ordered Swamplandia at the same time and am a bit nervous about starting that one as I fear it will be similarly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an interesting satire of the current medical establishment.  The premise, sleep donation to combat an insomnia epidemic, was clever.  It was a quick read, great for commuting.  It did not live up to the hype of the NPR review.  The ending seemed contrived, as though she reached the word limit and had to figure out how to end it quickly.
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Shannon_Lea_Egan More than 1 year ago
I actually suffer from insomnia so when I heard about this book on NPR I had to buy it. It's a very good read. A novella, but with in depth characters and a simple but very believable premise which sets it up for a great story. This is my 1st Karen Russell book. I'm looking forward to seeing what else she has to offer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book after my brother heard the author on the radio. Too bad it only opens on page two, which is blank. Restarted my NOOK, no help. Money wasted...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago