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When She Sleeps

Krygier, Leora

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ISBN 10: 1592640869 / ISBN 13: 9781592640867
Published by Toby Press, U.S.A., 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Book and BroDart protected jacket are fine, without faults. Signed on the half-title page by the author. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # BX28-13

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Title: When She Sleeps

Publisher: Toby Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Two years after the fall of Saigon, half-sisters Lucy and Mai find one another in the world of dreams. Mai is the Amerasian child of a former U.S. Army surgeon and a Vietnamese linguist. In the chaos of the American evacuation, Linh and her child were left behind.

Bereft of a father, Mai lays claim to what she believes is rightfully hers - her mother's memories of the doctor, locked away in dreams. She steals them away, and sends them out into the night to her half-sister Lucy, the doctor's West Coast daughter by his American wife. A teenager who escapes from her parents' secrets into her darkroom and the photographs she transforms into dreamscapes, gradually Lucy finds herself mystically transported to the half-sister she's never met, dreaming the lush landscape of her father's infidelity.

In prose as uncompromising and sinewy as that of Faulkner, Leora Krygier's When She Sleeps is vibrant with poetic sensuousness. She traces Mai's real and nocturnal wanderings from Saigon to Paris, and on to LA - which her mother had so desperately tried to reach. The sisters' dreams implode as Krygier's linguistic spell carries us to the riveting finale.

About the Author:

Leora Krygier, a lawyer and writer, works as a Referee with the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court. She has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times for her innovative use of essay writing in her work with the courts. Krygier’s debut novel, First the Raven, was published in 2002. She was a finalist in the Ernest Hemingway Competition, the James Fellowship, and the Faulkner Writing Competition. Krygier lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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