In Gatestown, Texas, twenty-nine-year-old Karen awaits her execution on Death Row. In New York, Franny, a doctor the same age, plans her wedding and tries to resist the urge to run. In Austin, Celia, a beautiful young librarian, mourns her lost husband. Over the course of one summer, the three women's disparate lives intertwine. Karen, Franny and Celia all struggle to find their place in a world where nothing is sure, as they move towards one night that will change them all forever. A heart-stopping page-turner about love and forgiveness, "Sleep Toward Heaven" is unforgettable. Praise for "Sleep Toward Heaven": 'Ward's no-nonsense, unflinching prose and her complex but never confounding structure make this novel very tough to put down. But her greater triumph is her ability to humanize all these characters' - Pam Houston, "'O' The Oprah Magazine". 'It's funny and sad and redemptive. Read it now. Thank me later' - Jennifer Weiner, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Good in Bed" and "In Her Shoes". 'Women's Death Row as you have never seen it; hauntingly rich, wise and sharply etched' - James Ellroy. 'How do we forgive the unforgivable? First-time novelist Ward explores this question with a delicate blend of compassion, humour and realism - Her spare but psychologically rich portraits are utterly convincing' - "Publishers Weekly".
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"It's funny and sad and redemptive. Read it now. Thank me later."—Jennifer Weiner, New York Times-bestselling author of Good in Bed and In her Shoes
"Faith, forgiveness and redemption comprise tried and true terrain in fiction. Ward delivers all three without manipulation or melodrama. She has woven a wonderful fictional tapestry with meaning embedded in the threads."—Pat MacEnulty, Sun-Sentinel
"Women's Death Row as you have never seen it; hauntingly rich, wise and sharply etched. In prison parlance: a bonaroo first novel!"—James Ellroy, author of The Cold Six Thousand and L.A. Confidential
"Sleep Toward Heaven is a merciful gaze on the lives of three women inextricably linked by murder and ultimate grace. Brutal, beautiful, wise – Amanda Eyre Ward has written a storm of a novel. It will rattle the cage of your heart."—Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red
"Sleep Toward Heaven is a riveting read, a page-turner from the get-go. In this ambitious debut novel, with cinematic scope and a probing eye, Amanda Eyre Ward takes her readers inside the criminal justice system and into the hearts and minds of three women – a death row inmate dying of AIDS, the young widow of her last victim, and the kind, troubled prison doctor – whose lives literally hang in each other's hands during a few desperately hot months of Texas summer." —Thisbe Nissen, author of Out of the Girls' Room and Into the Night and The Good People of New York
"This is a terrific read, involving and surprising. Ward gives us a textured, vivid portrait of women on death row. Her writing is unflinching, sometimes hauntingly funny, always compelling."—Karen Stolz, author of Fanny and Sue and World of PiesAbout the Author:
Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City, and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in various literary reviews and magazines. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, geologist Tip Meckel. She is a regular contributor to The Austin Chronicle. Sleep Toward Heaven is her first novel.
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Book Description 2004-01-21., 2004. Book Condition: New. Arrow. New Ed. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 304pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1745098
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099466392