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Sleep Toward Heaven: A Novel Hardcover – Import, 1 March 2003

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Ward's impressive debut novel is a powerhouse of melancholic emotions channeled through the jagged lives of her intricate cast of female characters. Karen Lowen is on death row for the murder of numerous men, all of whom (with the exception of one) she claims to have killed in self-defense. The innocent man who crossed Karen's path on that tragic night has left behind a grieving widow named Celia, who cannot find purpose in a life that is empty of her beloved Henry. Then there is Dr. Franny Wren, a consummate professional dedicated to preserving life--now stoically treating women destined to die behind bars. While Celia and Franny grapple with the weight of their hidden desires and lifelong regrets, Karen faces the cold reality of death row and the inevitable sentence that looms before her. Ward deftly creates a route by which all three women irrevocably touch each other's lives, their sorrow reaching through the darkness like searching fingers on the hand of destiny. Elsa Gaztambide
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"It's funny and sad and redemptive. Read it now. Thank me later."—Jennifer Weiner, New York Times-bestselling author of Good in Bed and In her Shoes

"Faith, forgiveness and redemption comprise tried and true terrain in fiction. Ward delivers all three without manipulation or melodrama. She has woven a wonderful fictional tapestry with meaning embedded in the threads."—Pat MacEnulty, Sun-Sentinel

"Women's Death Row as you have never seen it; hauntingly rich, wise and sharply etched. In prison parlance: a bonaroo first novel!"—James Ellroy, author of The Cold Six Thousand and L.A. Confidential

"Sleep Toward Heaven is a merciful gaze on the lives of three women inextricably linked by murder and ultimate grace. Brutal, beautiful, wise – Amanda Eyre Ward has written a storm of a novel. It will rattle the cage of your heart."—Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red

"Sleep Toward Heaven is a riveting read, a page-turner from the get-go. In this ambitious debut novel, with cinematic scope and a probing eye, Amanda Eyre Ward takes her readers inside the criminal justice system and into the hearts and minds of three women – a death row inmate dying of AIDS, the young widow of her last victim, and the kind, troubled prison doctor – whose lives literally hang in each other's hands during a few desperately hot months of Texas summer." —Thisbe Nissen, author of Out of the Girls' Room and Into the Night and The Good People of New York

"This is a terrific read, involving and surprising. Ward gives us a textured, vivid portrait of women on death row. Her writing is unflinching, sometimes hauntingly funny, always compelling."—Karen Stolz, author of Fanny and Sue and World of Pies

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated (1 March 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 295 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1931561230
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1931561235
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 454 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 3.18 x 20.96 cm
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