Hardwick, Elizabeth Sleepless Nights

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Sleepless Nights

 
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'A series of fleeting images and memories ... united by the high intelligence and beauty of Hardwick's prose.' - Sally Rooney

Rediscover a lost American classic: Sleepless Nights, a kaleidoscopic scrapbook of one woman's memories, here reissued with a new introduction by Eimear McBride.

I am alone here in New York, no longer a we ...

First published in 1979, Sleepless Nights is a unique collage of fiction and memoir, letters and essays, portraits and dreams. It is more than the story of a life: it is Elizabeth Hardwick's experience of womanhood in the twentieth century. Escaping her childhood home of Kentucky, the narrator arrives at a bohemian hotel in Manhattan filled with 'drunks, actors, gamblers ... love and alcohol and clothes on the floor.' Here begin the erotic affairs and dinner parties, the abortions and heartbreaks, the friendships and 'people I have buried'. Here are luminous sketches of characters she has met that illuminate the era's racism, sexism, and poverty. Above all, here is prose blurring into poetry, language to lose - and perhaps to find - yourself in.

Society tries to write these lives before they are lived. It does not always succeed.

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An encounter with a formidable mind .Her empathy, and sympathy, for the harshly endured lives of many of the women her gaze falls upon is without question . Beautifully, humanely, drawn. Source: Eimear McBride

Sleepless Nights assembles a series of fleeting images and memories united by the high intelligence and beauty of Hardwick's prose. Source: Sally Rooney

A shattered meditation on a life ... Extraordinary and haunting. Source: Joan Didion

Brilliant, brittle and strange, unlike any preconceived notion I had of what a novel could be ... Few new books have felt so revolutionary or so brave. Source: Lauren Groff

A novel of mental weather that enchants by the scrupulousness and zip of the narrative voice, its lithe, semi-staccato descriptions and epigrammatic dash. Source: Susan Sontag

This original novel does everything for lost times that an irreplaceable family photograph album does - except that here, the words are worth a thousand pictures. Source: Philip Roth

A hard, glinting, sophisticated, switched-on female inteligence ... Hardwick shocks with the truth: it runs like bond through her every sentence. Source: Deborah Levy

Only Virginia Woolf has created comparable likenesses . A gifted miniaturist biographer . Eloquent, erudite, chatty, and often very witty. Author: Joyce Carol Oates

'At the best of times, life can feel fragmented and plotless. And yet reading novels, you'd think we all flitted from neat little episode to neat little episode. Praise, then, the gloriously plotless novel, represented best by Sleepless Nights. The essential book, first published in 1979, traces the days of a female writer at a distance from her audience. But it moves like a ballet more than a novel, delicate and yet dazzling, and never afraid of pinning down the inscrutability of life.' Source: AnOther Magazine

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Rediscover a lost American classic: Sleepless Nights, a kaleidoscopic scrapbook of one woman's memories, here reissued with a new introduction by Eimear McBride.

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