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Sally Rooney: ‘A series of fleeting images and memories … united by the high intelligence and beauty of Hardwick’s prose.’
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.
Sleepless Nights assembles a series of fleeting images and memories united by the high intelligence and beauty of Hardwick’s prose.
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.
A shattered meditation on a life ... Extraordinary and haunting.
Hardwick’s shimmering melancholia [is] my book of the year. It’s a dream slideshow ... of lasting beauty that guides you through the mysteries, and tragedies of people the narrator has known and loved: the literary equivalent of polished onyx.
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.
A novel of mental weather that enchants by the scrupulousness and zip of the narrative voice, its lithe, semi-staccato descriptions and epigrammatic dash.
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