Madeleine Is Sleeping

Madeleine Is Sleeping

by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
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Madeleine Is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

When a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear: A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband's viol. And in their midst travels Madeleine, the dreamer, who is trying to make sense of her own metamorphosis as she leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love.

Madeleine Is Sleeping received jubilant critical acclaim and was honored with a National Book Award nomination. Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this "dream of a book" (Michael Cunningham) is an adventure in the discovery of art, sexuality, community, and the self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156032278
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 708,458
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.


Brooklyn, New York

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A., Brown University; M.A., University of Iowa

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Madeleine Is Sleeping 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was simply amazing...a bit deep and confusing for some, but with a dictionary beside you its easy to figure out. Even though I thought the first half was much more fascinating than the second half, I still enjoyed every second of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very confusing book. It doesn't really have a plot. You do get very interested in what's going to happen once you get an idea of whats going on, but by that time the books already half way done. There is a small twist of romance and sexuality, but that was the only part that kept me interested. The ending really stinks. Sorry it's true. Right at the climax when your like what happens now? The book stops. I mean it. The last sentence is something like 'everyone listen this is what I know'. Thats the end of the book. I mean I guess it's ok...but I wouldn't recommend it. It's a waste of time. Atleast I think so.
SayingBlackberry More than 1 year ago
Hearts unfold by blowing on their petals and matilde is beautiful like a siren's son and you touch and wear away at a word just by thinking it.