Sleepless Nights

ISBN
9780571346998
Published
04/07/2019
9780571346998
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
144

About the Book

‘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.

‘A series of fleeting images and memories ... united by the high intelligence and beauty of Hardwick’s prose.’ - Sally RooneyRediscover 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.
“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.”
- Eimear McBride
“Sleepless Nights assembles a series of fleeting images and memories united by the high intelligence and beauty of Hardwick’s prose.”
- Sally Rooney

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