Broken Sleep

Broken Sleep

by Bruce Bauman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590514481
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Bruce Bauman is the author of the novel And the Word Was. Among his awards are a COLA (City of Los Angeles) Fellowship in Literature, a Durfee Foundation grant, and a UNESCO/Aschberg Fellowship. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, BOMB, Bookforum, and numerous anthologies and literary magazines. Bauman is an instructor in the CalArts MFA Writing Program and Critical Studies Department and has been Senior Editor of Black Clock literary magazine since its inception in 2003. Born and raised in New York City, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the painter Suzan Woodruff.

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“Mr. Lively, if you or he won’t help me, I am going to die.”
Lively’s expression went dark as if the fuse to his emotional box had blown out. He uncrossed his legs and leaned back. “I’m leaving for Houston later tonight. It’s my granddaughter’s sweet sixteen tomorrow and I am not missing that. Family means something to me.” His slow Texas accent, laden with the air of gentility, unnerved Moses.
“If I can’t see him, I at least need to talk to him.”
Lively leaned forward, “May I be so bold as to ask you a favor?”
“When you talk to your mother, Hannah, say hello for me.”
“So, you knew her?”
“We’d met when they were still married. Attractive woman.”
“So, you’ll help me?”
“I’ll try.” Using his cane he pushed himself up. They followed and all three turned toward the door.
• *
Jay and Moses rode the elevator in silence, attempting to absorb what they’d just seen and heard. As they stepped gingerly outside and crossed the street, Jay squeezed his hand. Suspicious Lively had planted a bug on them, she whispered, “You’re a good man, no matter who your father is.” She half-grinned. “Or how distasteful his friends are…”
That night, Moses, listening to Jay’s steady breathing, fell in and out of the semi-alert state where dreams seem real and reality seems dream-like. At 6 a.m. he pushed himself out of bed, the maxim he often stressed to his students racing through his head: One person’s version of history is another person’s version of an incomplete truth.


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LGraff More than 1 year ago
“BROKEN SLEEP” WILL KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT You’ll be hooked from page one because the moment you read Art is Dead get ready to be transported. The words are literal and figurative, a metaphor and a theme that’s explored throughout Bruce Bauman’s beguiling BROKEN SLEEP. The tangled web of the Savant family and friends unravels against the landscape of sex, drugs, rock n roll, celebrity, religion, history and politics. Bauman’s use of language is crazy creative. His words seduce with a story told from points of view that are lyrical, literary and homeboy poetic. A timely read that spans over half a century, BROKEN SLEEP will wake you up. Open your eyes and your heart. Awesome and edgy, it’s an epic ride that everyone living in today’s America must take.