The Hazards of Sleeping Alone

The Hazards of Sleeping Alone

by Elise Juska
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Hazards of Sleeping Alone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hazards of Sleeping Alone is a nice contrast to Juska's first book 'Getting Over Jack Wagner.' Juska shows versatility and energy in her writing. Her take on mother daughter relationships is sometime's too accurate. Well done, I look forward to future work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The misleading title and cover art might suggest a shallow romance, but Juska's novel goes deeper to reveal profound truths about human relationships. Beautifully observed and elegantly written, 'Hazards' works as both a penetrating character study and a well-spun story. Juska's expertly rendered images--like a scene set inside the giant heart exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia--will linger in your mind long after you've finished the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elise Juska's characters are so real, so believable, so well developed that you feel like they are in the room with you as you read. Juska understands the complexities of the human condition and she never takes the easy way out. Her books are fun to read AND they make you think...a lot. You'll be blown away by this book. Each line pulls you into the next. It is graceful, stylish, true-to-life. Buy it. Read it. Give it to a friend as a holiday gift. Bravo, Elise Juska. This writer is a star.
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I liked the books plot but it just took about 150 pages for anything to even happen in the beginning. I would say skip over this one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In her late forties, Charlotte Warren has become increasingly neurotic about life as she is a compulsive worrier. Unable to sleep at night and a bundle of nerves during the day, Charlotte has been divorced for fifteen years from Joe, who she sometimes misses in the lonely darkness. However, her biggest concern besides some imaginary thief breaking and entering her home is her passionate living twenty-two years old daughter who lives life with gusto.................................... Emily arrives home on a visit, but this time has brought with her Walter, the black man she plans to move in with. Charlotte is stunned but has a new reason to panic as she fears her daughter¿s ¿alternate living arrangement¿ selection as mixed relationships are difficult. However, the appearance of Walter and Emily does more than just turn Charlotte into a nervous wreck; that first weekend shatters the older woman¿s memories as events she buried in the furthest reaches of her mind has arisen like an avenging Phoenix.......................... This is an intriguing look at an individual struggling with a compulsive disorder that keeps her from fully functioning in society. Readers¿ hearts will go out to Charlotte whose palpitations and fears can be felt on almost every page of the tale. Of interest is how opposite her daughter who lived much of her life with her mother (Joe had visits and ultimately moved far away to Seattle) has turned out; sort of as if she has had a reaction formation to the phobic driven lifestyle of her mother. Though somewhat dark in tone, Elisa Juska paints a portrait of a woman in trouble from demons running amok in her head...................... Harriet Klausner