In the City of Love's Sleep

In the City of Love's Sleep

ISBN
9780571337620
Published
06/09/2018
9780571337620
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
336

About the Book

Iris, a museum conservator in her late forties, is separating from her husband while bringing up two daughters in a house that's falling down. Raif is a stalled academic, as uncertain of the past as he is the future, whose girlfriend is about to move in. They meet by chance, nothing important is said, yet Iris turns away and starts to run. She is running from what this encounter has woken in her.

In the City of Love's Sleep is a contemporary fable about what it means to fall in love in middle age. It charts the steps two people take towards one another and what it means to have taken those steps before.

Iris, a museum conservator in her late forties, is separating from her husband while bringing up two daughters in a house that's falling down. Raif is a stalled academic, as uncertain of the past as he is the future, whose girlfriend is about to move in. They meet by chance, nothing important is said, yet Iris turns away and starts to run. She is running from what this encounter has woken in her.In the City of Love's Sleep is a contemporary fable about what it means to fall in love in middle age. It charts the steps two people take towards one another and what it means to have taken those steps before.
  • Lavinia Greenlaw

    Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London where she has lived for most of her life. She studied seventeenth-century art at the Courtauld Institute, and was awarded a NESTA fellowship to pursue her interest in vision, travel and perception.

    Her poetry includes Minsk, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes. She has also published novels and works of non-fiction which include The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. She has won a number of prizes and held residencies at the Science Museum and the Royal Society of Medicine.

    Her work for BBC radio includes programmes about the Arctic, the Baltic, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop.

“An elegantly meandering tale in which the lovers repeatedly connect only to lose interest in each other, stuck in a kind of endless middleness.”
- Lara Feigel, Guardian
“‘In the City of Love's Sleep confirms [Greenlaw] as a striking voice … As with Greenlaw’s poetry, it feels fast-paced – with short one-page chapters, and a brightness in the prose – but also demands that the reader slow down and pay each line due attention. It is a fantastic book, with moments that seem as precious as the ornaments Iris spends her days studying.’”
- 1843

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