Sleep with Me: A Novel

Sleep with Me: A Novel

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by Joanna Briscoe
     
 

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"The day our child was conceived, someone else arrived. She was there as the cells fused, like a ghost." In a moment of giggling chaos, Richard and Lelia sleep together while getting dressed for a holiday party. Arriving late and still flushed, they barely register a slight, drab woman who, like a shadow, threatens the happiness theyve achieved. Their reality slowly…  See more details below

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"The day our child was conceived, someone else arrived. She was there as the cells fused, like a ghost." In a moment of giggling chaos, Richard and Lelia sleep together while getting dressed for a holiday party. Arriving late and still flushed, they barely register a slight, drab woman who, like a shadow, threatens the happiness theyve achieved. Their reality slowly shifts: Mysterious fragments of a story about a troubled child appear on Richards email. A friend confides his adulterous affair, and Richard voyeuristically hangs on every detail. Richard grows more ambivalent about the approaching birth of his child; he becomes distracted and remote, and Lelia suspects another woman. In her loneliness and longing Lelia makes a surprising decision that nearly destroys the life that she and Richard have worked so hard to create. Told with astonishing clarity from both Richard and Lelias points of view, Sleep with Me is an extraordinary tale of obsession and desire that takes hold, body and soul, and doesnt let go until the final page is turned.
Joanna Briscoe has written two novels: Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award, and Skin. She lives in London.
Praise for Joanna Briscoe: "A formidably talented writer. Her prose is polished, sophisticated, and seductive."-Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596917255
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/01/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
543 KB

Meet the Author

Joanna Briscoe has written two novels: Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award, and Skin. She lives in London.


Joanna Briscoe is the author of Mothers and Other Lovers, Skin and the highly acclaimed Sleep with Me, which was published in ten countries and adapted for ITV Drama by Andrew Davies. She has been a columnist for the Independent and the Guardian; she is currently a literary critic for the Guardian, and has contributed to all the major newspapers and magazines. She lives in London with her family.

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Sleep with Me 1.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if it has ever taken me so long to finish a book. Very slow, not very captivating. Ending left open to interpretation. I checked out the e-book from the library. Would not suggest paying for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very unusual book. I hated it but kept reading it because I wanted to see what happens next. It rambles,  the characters are not very likeable, it's incredibly dark, and in parts rather perverted, but it kept me reading, and I don't finish books I'm bored  with. 
sugarpy18 More than 1 year ago
I really thought I was going to like this book. I tried so hard to like it and I couldn't. Instead, I hated every second of it. There was nothing about the book that I could like, the writing style and the author's language were highly unlikable, the characters were heinous but the worst was the plot as it was simply atrocious. I finished the book only because of the kind of person I am, I can't just drop a book no matter how much I don't like it, and like I said, I hated every single second of it. I don't think I have ever read a worse book. I would not suggest this book to anybody.