At a Halloween party Bernie collapses and falls into a coma. He emerges from the coma to find his son Chris, and his daughter Cathy stumbling headlong toward trauma-induced maturity. This book is about the loss of innocence, the disorientating experience of a second childhood, and the nature of love and meaning.
At a Halloween party that neither Bernie or his two children really want to be at, Bernie collapses and falls into a coma bought on by the accidental combination of two anti-depressants. He emerges from the coma to find his son Chris, the perpetual smart-ass, and his daughter Cathy, a Jewish teen turned self-martyred Catholic, stumbling headlong toward trauma-induced maturity. His ex-wife, his nurse, his nurses's father and his son's best friend are also drawn into the bizarre, frustrating and touching world that surrounds the job of rehabilitating Bernie. THE SLEEPING FATHER is about the loss of innocence, the disorientating experience of a second childhood and the nature of love and meaning. But most of all it's about the Schwartzs, a singular American family, making their way the best way they know how.
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Spiced with sweet-sour humour Sunday Times 'Fresh, funny, quirky' Anne Tyler, New York Times Like fellow US cult hit A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS, it's funny, flippant and likely to irritate some. But we well and truly fell for its mix of tenderness and shocking farce Heat 'Fluent and funny, clever and wise...it slowly becomes sad without you noticing and then frightening and then funny again' Colm Toibin 'Smart, eccentric...generous...a rare find: an ironist who actually seems to like other people' New York Times Book Review 'Fresh, original and very funny, funny in the way that occasionally makes you sob, original in the way that makes you look at everything...in a new and kinder light' George Saunders It is a triumph of tone and dialogue and often wincingly vivid...Sharpe has a gimlet eye for the intensity and anxiety of growing up Time Out
About Matthew Sharpe
Matthew Sharpe was born in New York city during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He grew up in a town in Connecticut not unlike Bellwether, the imaginary town in The Sleeping Father. He's held various jobs: bicycle messenger, door-to-door seafood salesman, carwasher, receptionist. Shortly after graduating from Oberlin College, in Ohio, he went to to New York and worked in the magazine production business for ten years. During this time he got a masters degree in writing from Columbia University and began teaching writing in various public schools in New York. He has also taught at various universities.
The Sleeping Father by Matthew Sharpe
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